The Kingston Historic District, a unique example of a rural center dating back to the late 18th century, is strategically located on a steep knoll at the intersection of Routes 845 and 850 on the Kingston Peninsula in Kingston, New Brunswick. In 2000, the district was designated a historic site under the province’s Historic Sites Protection Act. The village was established in 1783 by Loyalists following the American Revolution.
The Kingston Historic District encompasses six separate properties, which include five notable buildings: Trinity Anglican Church (1789) and its rectory (1788), both National Historic Sites of Canada; MacDonald Consolidated School (1910); Union House (1788); and Carter House (1810).
The John Fisher Memorial Museum was established in 1982 and depicts many of the aspects of life on the Kingston Peninsula.
The museum displays a range of local artifacts, from Wolastoqiyik basketry to early settlers’ tools and clothing. Each year, the summer exhibit highlights local history and artists. The museum is named in honor of John Fisher, a renowned CBC broadcaster and publicist.
Kingston also hosts a popular farmers market that attracts visitors from nearby areas like Quispamsis and Rothesay.
The Kings County Gaol once stood in the community but was later relocated to nearby Hampton, one stone at a time.
The district is valued for being a rare surviving example of a rural village showcasing Loyalist architecture and settlement in New Brunswick, serving the spiritual, commercial, and educational needs of the surrounding area since the 1780s.
All key buildings typical of a community’s social center are still present. The prominent position of the church, with its spire at the highest point of the district, is a crucial element of the Kingston Historic District.
The heritage value of the district is also recognized in the preservation of its layout and many original buildings, some of which continue to serve their initial functions.
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