Kings Landing Historical Settlement is an outdoor Living History Museum, recreating the lives of New Brunswickers in the 1800s. Visitors are provided with a village map and make their way through the site at their own pace. Explore New Brunswick’s culture and heritage. Get hands-on in the homes – try butter making, dipping candles and spinning wool. Visit the farm to see the horses, cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. Hop on a wagon to travel in time 19th century style.
Did you know:
- Kings Landing was created in the late 1960s. The buildings were moved to this site to allow construction of a hydro-electric dam, which raised the water level of the St. John River over 150 feet. The research on each home was meticulous, and the history presented is based on real families.
- In 1783 15,000 United Empire Loyalists were granted land along the river based on their rank in the British army. They were among the first settlers to this region.
- Kings Landing is part of a back-breeding program for livestock, vegetables, fruit and flowers. Many of the varieties you will see are examples of types common in the 19th century, but less common or almost extinct today.
- Each home and trade area at Kings Landing has been restored to a different time period. Look for differences in style of clothing, technology, cooking utensils, architectural styles of the home, conveniences such as water and more.
- Animals were an essential part of daily life. Look for the dog-powered butter churn at the Joslin Farm, the horse-powered saw near the Lint barn, the ox team and many other examples of how animals were integral for human prosperity.
- The name Kings Landing Historical Settlement was chosen for the Kings American Dragoons, a regiment of loyalists in the American Revolution, and “Landing”, for a stopping point or wharf where boats could tie up.
- Kings Landing is a Crown Corporation of the Province of New Brunswick, under the department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and is governed by a Board of Directors.