Add Kings Landing to your Summer Bucket List (Guest Blog)
A summer in Destination Nackawic isn’t complete without a trip to Kings Landing (or a few trips, for that matter). From time travel in the Village to fresh-from-the-garden cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
Not familiar with Kings Landing? It’s a picturesque, open-air museum located just 20 minutes east of Destination Nackawic. With over 300 acres of historic farmland to explore, there is plenty of space for social distancing. Surrounded by the picturesque Wolastoq (Saint John River), this local gem brings 19th century, rural New Brunswick to life with costumed characters working alongside animals in the farms, shops, and homes.
Most of Kings Landings activities take place in its serene, outdoor spaces. Come see butter making, wool processing, cooking and other old-fashioned demonstrations in the open-air. Looking to start a garden of your own? The gardeners are always ready and willing to talk, and let’s be honest, do a little bragging about their prized flowers and vegetables. If you need some tips for your own homestead, ask away! Kings Landing’s seasoned farm hands and gardeners know their stuff.
Forget Pinterest. We’ve all spent way too much time online these past few months. Put your mask on and walk through the beautiful, immaculately cleaned historic homes and shops. From floral wallpaper to hanging plants and braided rugs, many century-old styles are back and there is no better place to get inspired! Kings Landing’s staff will keep a safe distance as they share their family history and traditions. While exploring the homes, enjoy the smell of bread baking or unwind at the mesmerized sights of spinning wheels, loom, and hearths.
Did you see something you love in the village? You may just be able to find a replica at the Grant Store. Shop the Kings Landing Collection, in the old-fashioned general store. Here, you’ll find souvenirs made by Kings Landing artisans, old fashioned treats and reproductions of some of the favourite village items.
Are you a history buff looking for the nitty gritty details? Kings Landing offers a number of exhibits complete with artifacts, photographs, and text panels. If you’ve been planning your weeks based on when your fanciest sweats will be clean(est), you’ll definitely want to check out the Keeping it Clean laundry exhibit. Other exhibits include the Spanish Flu Pandemic, the Wolastokuk Exhibit, the Hewlett Marr Black Loyalist Story, and the Lumbering Exhibit.
If you’re hungry and want to cap off your historical experience, be sure to visit the King’s Head Inn. Enjoy traditional recipes in a not-so-traditional takeout format. In an effort to reduce waste at the restaurant, takeout is served in compostable or reusable packaging. Help keep Kings Landing clean by bringing your dishes home with you! For those who would like to sit down and take in the view, the King’s Head Inn garden offers shady and sunny spots to unwind before you venture back to 2020. The King’s Head Inn also offers live music throughout the year. Visit the website to learn more.
No time for snacks or shopping in the village? Stop by the Axe & Plough Café and Peddler’s Market in the Welcome Centre. Grab an artisanal coffee, snack, souvenir, and –if you’re lucky– a loaf of Mary’s famous brown bread. New this year, the bakery is offering pre-orders, so be sure to call in advance to stock up on your favourite old-fashioned goodies.
With everything in place to offer a safe day trip, Kings Landing is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. If possible, avoid using cash while at the museum. Those over 2 years old, who are able to wear a mask, are required to while inside buildings or on the horse and wagon rides. Guests are asked to use the touch-free hand sanitation stations as often as possible. There are 64 installed on the site. While visiting, kindly follow all COVID-19 directions communicated through signs and screens and please respect barriers installed throughout the site. To learn more about King Landing’s COVID-19 protocols, special events, hours, pricing, and more, check out their website or Facebook page. It’s time to check time travel off your summer bucket list at Kings Landing!
Communications & Marketing Specialist,
Kings Landing Corporation