This summer walk through our covered bridge entrance and explore childhood of the past at our "Yesterday's Child" exhibit. See the clothing, the toys, dolls, furniture and much more that our ancestors experienced. There are a number of samplers on display as well as the "Snowball Quilt" which contains over 11,000 individual pieces and was made by an 11 year old Kings County girl. We also have a desk and books from a rural one-room schoolhouse, and you can even play a quick game of schoolyard hopscotch while you are here!
Two new additions to our collection this year are a fireplace from Ryan's Castle, a historic Hampton home which burned in the mid 1960's, and a 1910 cash register. Both are on display this year.
The old Kings County Gaol (Jail) is also open this summer after a refresh that includes a cell set up as it would have been at the time of closure in 1971. And if family and local history research is your thing, our genealogy/research room is fully open this summer. For the gaol and research room we do require you wear a community face mask. Don't worry if you forget to bring one, we have some disposables available.
Our covered bridge entrance will lead you to our display of lovely brides from late 19th century through to mid-twentieth century. These dresses were all worn by Kings County Brides, sometimes by more than one generation in the same family. Enjoy our display of wedding accessories, silver for the dinner table, and a selection of ladies' fans as well.
Much of our covered bridge exhibit from last year remains on display as well, and we continue to have our maps showing all the current covered bridges still in existence in Kings County, so if you missed it last year you have another chance to see it.
Walk through our newly constructed covered bridge into the Kings County of yesteryear. This year we are celebrating the Covered Bridges of New Brunswick, and most particularly of Kings County. In 1944 New Brunswick had 320 covered bridges, today there are 58, of which 15 are in Kings County. See the tools that were used in the building of the bridges, learn the lore of the "kissing bridges", and experience a rural home of the early 20th century, the era in which our remaining covered bridges were built. While you are here, make time for a visit to the Old Kings County Gaol (Jail), built in 1840 in Kingston and hauled and reassembled in Hampton 30 years later!
THE CONFEDERATION QUILT
PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
In the fall of 2016 the Confederation Quilt, created by Kings County resident Fannie Parlee in 1864, returned from the Conservation Council and remains a key part of our permanent collection. It was the centrepiece of the 2017 exhibit in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
New Brunswick's waterways were the main method of travelling before roads and highways were built, and steamships and riverboats travelled along the St. John and Kennebecasis rivers starting in 1816. They began their decline when railways were appearing in towns, but were the most popular form of transportation for many years in New Brunswick. See the photos on display in the Gaol.
WHILE YOUR LADS ARE FAR AWAY
KINGS COUNTY DURING WORLD WAR I
This exhibit from 2014 looked at the impact of World War I on the small rural communities of Kings County. With the men away, how does harvest happen? How do these communities show their support for soldiers? And what were the war experiences for the countless young men who went overseas in service.
CRIME & PUNISHMENT:
200 YEARS in the KINGS COUNTY GAOL (Summer 2013) This exhibit in the Old County Gaol visited the nature of crime and punishment during the jail's 200 year history. See artifacts and displays that explore the Kings County Gaol (jail) from its opening during Loyalist times until the jail's closure in the 1970s. Explore this incredible building and learn the stories of the many characters who spent time within its granite walls!
FROM LOYALIST LOSS to HAMPTON STAR
(Summer 2012) The Flewwelling family arrived as Loyalists who had lost everything but within two generations their enterprises were the financial backbone of Hampton. Explore the industrial revolution of small town Hampton through this feature exhibit showcasing the Flewwelling Mfg. Company, the Flewwelling General Store, and the Kennebecasis Steamship Company.
TIS THE SEASON!
(Winter 2011) Join the Kings County Museum this winter for a display of artifacts from Kings County's historic - and snowy! - past. From snow shoes, toboggans and locally made Whelpley skates to vintage Christmas cards and Victorian ornaments!