The Kings County Museum has an extensive collection of historical works by authors and historians from throughout Kings County and across New Brunswick. Our most recent addition is Cheese and Butter Factories of Kings County NB by John G Elliott, released in 2021. Over the last two years we have re-released The Road to Norton by Lillas Reid, plus Reflections: The Story of Hampton NB and The Bloomfield Area Remembered both by David Keirstead. These books provide a great deal of local history from the Kings County area of New Brunswick, from early settlers to the late 20th century. We also added Abraham Beverley Walker: Lawyer, Lecturer, Activist by Peter Little to our available books.

Books can be purchased at the Kings County Museum, 27 Centennial Drive, Hampton or by contacting the museum at (506) 832-6009 or by email at We accept payment via e-transfer, debit, and VISA and Mastercard.

The Great Saint John Fire of 1877   


by Mark Allan Greene

By the mid 19th century Saint John, New Brunswick was the third largest city in British North America. On June 20, 1877, the city suffered the worst urban fire in 19th century North America, destroying almost half the city and leaving 13,000 homeless. Mark Greene's book tells the story of the city's rise, destruction and recovery in both text and pictures. 

112 pages / $35.00

The Quilts of Kings County Museum

This little book was compiled by Melanie A. Wade, President of Kings County Historical & Archival Society and museum volunteer, and edited by Debbie Hickey, Museum Curator. It is a compilation of information and full colour photos of the quilts currently in the possession of the Kings County Museum in Hampton New Brunswick. These quilts represent the work of hundreds of women and girls over almost 200 years. The information on each quilt was obtained from the accession (donation) documents, as well as from local quilters who shared their expertise on quilt patterns and the names of patterns used in this area.

64 pages / $17.00

Henry More Smith: The Mysterious Stranger

"The true story of the most remarkable prisoner ever detained in a gaol in New Brunswick as told by Walter Bates, one time Sheriff of Kings County. Being an authentic account of the numerous arrests, remarkable doings and wonderful escapes of the most noted road agent who ever pestered the authorities of New Brunswick".

88 pages / $15.00

"Ice Out Past My House": The Diary of Azor Hoyt, a Kings County Loyalist

Transcribed from the original diaries of Azor Hoyt by his descendants, this book has been out of print for many years. Azor Hoyt, the writer of the diary, was born in 1770 near Stamford, Connecticut and came to with his family to New Brunswick in 1783 as a 13-year-old. The diary dates from 1811 through to the mid 19th century and includes historical notes of many of the incidents and people referenced as well as an index of names for the Kings County residents mentioned by Azor Hoyt. 

78 pages / $15.00

1901 Census Index for Hampton Parish, Kings County, New Brunswick, Canada 

by K. J. Cormier 

Transcribed from the 1901 census in the order written in the original census. Showing: Census Page Number, Dwelling number, Surname, Given Name, Sex, Color, Head of Household or relationship to, Marital status, Date of Birth, Age, Country of Birth, Year of Immigration to New Brunswick, Racial Origin, Nationality, Religion and Occupation. 


                    Abraham Beverley Walker:                    

  Lawyer, Lecturer, Activist

 by Peter Little

Chronicles the life and work, as well as the systemic racism Dr Walker faced as Canada's first black lawyer. Born in 1851 in Kars, New Brunswick, Dr Walker studied law at National University in Washington DC and at the Saint John Law School. He struggled to make a living as a lawyer in Saint John, New Brunswick, and subsequently focused on civil rights issues, lecturing extensively across North America. He was a devout Christian and his message bears a striking resemblance to that of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr who followed in his footsteps 50 years later.

120 pages   |  $16.00 each

Annidale: From Wilderness to Wilderness

The Story of an Abandoned NB Community


by John R. Elliott

Beside St John's Anglican Church in the rural Queens County community of Highfield, a largely abandoned dirt road, the Annidale Road, leads to what was first known as Boyd Settlement  and later as Annidale. Very little survives today to mark the community which began in the 1820's and by 1891 was described as "one of the most thriving hamlets along the central railway". By the late 1950's it was abandoned. In addition to a history of the community, the book includes genealogical information on the Annidale families.

269 pages |   $30.00 each

Life in Rural Kings County in the Early and Mid 20th Century


By Roy Fletcher

Stories from two generations growing up in rural Kings County: Alice Fletcher and her sister Mary Keith reflections on growing up in early 20th century in Cornhill, and Alice's son Roy's memories of his youth in Upham. 

90 pages / $15.00

The Bloomfield Area Remembered 

by David G. Keirstead 

The nearly 400 pages of print and photos telling the history and stories from early settlers to late 20th century in Bloomfield Corner, Bloomfield Station, Bloomfield Ridge, Passekeag, Dickie Mountain, Guthrie Road, Central Norton and Warneford.  Schools, churches, cemeteries, early families and family lines, reminisces,,, newspaper articles . . . tons of information for anyone interested in the Bloomfield area. 

383 pages    |  $35.00 each

Butternut Ridge - Havelock, Our Proud Heritage 1809 to 1989

Published by Havelock Women's Institute 

Contains information and photographs on Havelock in four categories: History, Happenings, Businesses and organizations. 


Cheese & Butter Factories 

of Kings County, New Brunswick

by John R Elliott

The Kings County Museum has received several copies of local historian John R Elliott's latest book, "Cheese & Butter Factories of Kings County, New Brunswick".  Enjoy the tales of the factories, their owners and workers as the region developed from humble beginnings to become the Dairy Centre of the Maritimes. 

324 pages    |  $35.00 each

The Communion of Saints

by Vesta Dunlop Mullen 

Ordained ministers of the Reformed Baptist church 1888-1966.


Diary of Flora Somerville: The Lady of the Narrows Vol. 1 & 2

Compiled by Graeme F. Somerville

Two book set.


Diary of Philip Nase, 1836-1885: 

Family, Business & Politics on the Lower Saint John River

This diary covers a fascinating mix of genealogy, local history, river history, and Canadian and world events. Enjoy these insightful first hand records of life along the river from the age of sail, to the days of steamships.

114 pages | Fully indexed | photos & family documents | $20.00 each

On Order

Down with the Rigidly Righteous:

The Poems of John Dunham

Edited by John R. Elliott.

This is a collection of over 200 poems by an incredible – but little known figure - from New Brunswick's past. John Dunham (1868-1944) was a keen observer and his witty, insightful poems create a vivid depiction of life along the river in Kings and Queens Counties. He was a jack-of-all-trades, working at the Quarries in Hampstead, as a lumberman, and as a deckhand onboard the many steamships that piloted the Saint John River. His poems are a reflection of this life, and of the wonderful stories to be found in the day-to-day lives of people in this area of New Brunswick. This new collection will surprise and delight readers from the area – and those who just enjoy a well-written verse. 

317 pages |  Fully indexed with photos  |  $25.00 each

Downeast: Upcountry

by Thomas L. Shanklin


Education 1792-1970 in Springfield N B

by Ernest G. C. Graham 

Covers all schools in Springfield Parish. History of school buildings mixed with local history.


The Golden Bridge. Young Immigrants to Canada 1833 - 1939

by Marjorie Kohli

Story of the Home Children's emigration from Britain.


Hampton Consolidated School- A Story Worth Telling

by David G Keirstead

368 pages of text and pictures


History of Springfield Parish

by W. Harvey Dalling, Ernest Friars, and Mrs. Faye Pearson


History of Waterford Parish

by W. Harvey Dalling, Ernest Friars, and Mrs. Faye Pearson


In the Shelter of the Covered Bridge

Poems and Drawings by Jane Spavold Tims

A book with art and poems about many of the covered bridges in New Brunswick!


A Keirstead History 

by David G. Keirstead This genealogy is the author's direct line. The original was in a binder, but has been reissued in 2023 as a softcover book with corrections provided by the author.


The Story of Knowlesville

by Judson M. Corey 

Contains much genealogical information on families such as: Corey, Sarchfield, Wheaton, Hallet, Harrison, Spinney and Keirstead, to name a few.



by Judson M. Corey 

The re-location of Alfred and Lucretia Corey from New Canaan, Havelock and vicinity to Knowlesville about 1874 where neighbors helped them build a log cabin. 150 years of family and community history with photos and genealogy.


The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Upham

by Edward Kilpatrick

First published in 2014, and updated in 2021, this book takes readers through the community of Upham, farm by farm, looking at the original land grants of the area and how those properties passed through families over time. Includes many images of Upham area.

113 pages


The Loyalists of New Brunswick

by Esther Clark Wright


Reprint 2003. An incredible, detailed look at the early Loyalist story in New Brunswick. 365 pages; fully indexed.


Mills, Hills and Early Settlers of Springfield Parish, Kings Co. N B

by Ernest G. C. Graham 

Not only an interesting description of the mills and hills in Springfield Parish but also much folklore and genealogy of these early settlers. Some early photographs.


Presbyterian Baptisms in Saint John: 1817-1890

Compiled by Graeme F. Somerville

An excellent resource for researchers


The Records of the Reverend James Gray, Kings County, New Brunswick 1857 - 1898

by Saint John Genealogical Society 

Presbyterian Church records in Kings County.



The Story of Hampton NB

 by David G Keirstead

 The definitive history of the Hampton New Brunswick area, from first settlement through to the early 1980's. This book was first published in August of 1983 and has been out of print for many years. The November 2019 2nd printing is now available for sale at the Museum. Full of information and photos from Hampton's history, this is an excellent reference for anyone with connections to Hampton NB.

294 pages   |  $30.00 each

The Road to Norton 

 by Lillas Reid

 First published in 1984, The Road to Norton has been out of print for many years but is now available for sale at the Museum. Full of information and photos from Norton's history, including early settlers, churches and the coming of the railroad, and  this is an excellent read for anyone with connections to Norton NB.

95 pages   |  $15.00 each

The Soldiers of the Valley; The KV Memory Project 

This book includes the stories of the men and one woman, from the Kennebecasis Valley, who died while participating in World War I and World War II. 


Somerville: from Perthshire, Scotland to New Brunswick and Beyond

by Graeme F. Somerville

The genealogies of the families of Andrew and William Somerville, who were settlers in Kings County from Perthshire, Scotland. 


Sorrow: A Sanctifying Touch

By Judson M. Corey

This book explores the variety of responses to loss, the experience of sorrow and the changes it brings to many people. The book was written in hopes that others who experience loss of loved ones and are filled with sorrow will find comfort in the experiences and thoughts that are shared throughout this book.


St. Paul's Church, Londonderry, and the Shepody Road


The Story of Sussex and Vicinity, New Brunswick

by Grace Aiton 

The history of New Brunswick's Sussex Parish which goes back 200 years is actually the history of Kings County and contained in this book. Some early photographs and genealogy.


Tales of Lonewater Farm

by Edis Flewwelling 

The chronicle of Major Edis A. Flewwelling, the director of a unique alcoholic rehabilitation centre that worked to get alcoholics back on the path to sobriety.


There Goes the Bell

by Marion (Vail) Kellow

The author grew up in Belleisle Creek and attended the one-room schoolhouse in Joiliff Brook during the 1930s and 40s. Her recollections of her adventures both in and out of school provide a laughter filled recounting of rural life during that era.. 

213 pages    |  $20.00 each

A Titus History 

by David G. Keirstead 

This genealogy is the author's direct line. Book comes punched, loose-leaf form so that buyers can mount it in a binder if they so wish. 


A World Champion Story

By Andrew Gillen

The history and story of Hugh J. McCormick, a world professional speed skating champion in 1890.


Yesteryear Sussex (SOLD OUT - on back order)

By K. Wayne Vail

Buildings, business and people of "yesteryear" Sussex told by K. Wayne Vail