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.

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

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 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

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 | $12.00 each


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

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

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

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

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

Agnes Warner & the Nursing Sisters of the Great War

by Shawna M. Quinn

This book explores the world of the woman who were nurses for the wounded when Canada entered the Great War in 1914. It demonstrates the realities they faced in the hospitals behind the front lines and the devastating injuries of war they've seen.


Out of Body and Beyond

by Dorothy Dearborn

Stories of extraordinary experiences.


Artist At War

By Charles Comfort

A true point of view story of a war artist sent into battle to make a painters record of the Canadian army's fight against the Germans on the Italian peninsula.


Parish of Norton: 1900-1908

by David Henderson

A collection of births, marriages, deaths and assorted articles of interest pertaining to the Parish of Norton, collected from the Kings County Record, 1900-1908.


A Keirstead History

by David G. Keirstead This genealogy is the author's direct line. Book comes punched, loose-leaf form for buyers to mount in a binder


Parish of Springfield

by David Henderson

A collection of births, marriages, deaths and assorted articles of interest pertaining to the Parish of Springfield, collected from the Kings County Record. Four separate volumes are available:

Volume 1 (1890-1900) $22.00 SORRY - SOLD OUT!

Volume 2 (1916-1927) $22.00 SORRY - SOLD OUT!

Volume 3 (1937-1945) $22.00 SORRY - SOLD OUT!

Volume 4 (1966-1975) $22.00

Presbyterian Baptisms in Saint John: 1817-1890

Compiled by Graeme F. Somerville

An excellent resource for researchers


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


The Communion of Saints

by Vesta Dunlop Mullen

Ordained ministers of the Reformed Baptist church 1888-1966.


Stagecoach Days on the Westmorland Great Road, 1835-1872

SOLD OUT - May be available through the Westmorland Historical Society

by W. Eugene Goodrich

This book tells about the beginnings of the stagecoach in Europe and the development of roads for their use in New Brunswick following the first highways act in 1786 for laying out, repairing and amending Highways, Roads and Streets. The Westmorland Great Road ran from Saint John City through Westmorland County, to the Nova Scotia border.


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

Compiled by Graeme F. Somerville

Two book set.


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.


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 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.


The Golden Bridge. Young Immigrants to Canada 1833 - 1939

by Marjorie Kohli

Story of the Home Children's emigration from Britain.


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


Growing Up on a Farm in New Brunswick

By Judson M. Corey

Includes descriptions of work done on a farm and the different farm animals during the 1920s-1940s. Also describes the work during all 4 seasons on the farm in New Brunswick and the pleasures of growing up on this farm, along with stories of the authors parents work, and stories of his siblings.


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.


Hampton Consolidated School- A Story Worth Telling

by David G Keirstead

368 pages of text and pictures


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.


I Take My Pen In Hand

Edited by Graeme F Somerville

The letters of Noah Webb and his children and a few other persons from 1853 to 1893


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


A Long Road to Ortana: Experiences of World War II

By Douglas H. Andrews

An account of Douglas Andrews experiences serving in the Canadian Army, which he put together for his children and now his grandchildren which could be shared with their community.


A World Champion Story

By Andrew Gillen

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


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.


Yesteryear Sussex

By K. Wayne Vail

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


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.


A Photo Tour of the Covered Bridges of New Brunswick

by Ray Boucher

Text and photographs by Ray Boucher.


Downeast: Upcountry

by Thomas L. Shanklin


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