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Public Library-Fredericton, New Brunswick   Built in June of 1975, remodelled and enlarged in 1990, this is the most used library in the province. In its stacks are about 85,000 adult and juvenile books (including an extensive large print collection), more than 140 newspapers and magazines (both national and international), 11,000 cassette tapes, 3,000 compact discs, 1,200 videos, and a reference collection. The children's room schedules regular programs for different age groups, and special lectures or events are often held in the adult area.
   The main library is open - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Wednesday & Friday 10 am - 9 pm. Closed Sundays. (Closed Saturday - July & August). Tel: 506 458-8154, Fax: 506 450-6167

New Brunswick-Sports Hall of Fame
Sports Halls of Fame-Fredericton New Brunswick   Up from the Library at the corner of Queen and Carleton Streets, is the John Thurston Clark Memorial Building. Built originally as Fredericton's Post Office and Customs House, this building is of note both architecturally (19th century influence of Second Empire French revival style) and historically (1ocated within the original British Military Compound). The Post Office and Customs House was opened to the public on April 30, 1881, and was considered to be a building "equal to any in the Dominion," indicative that the citizens of Fredericton were "not forgotten by those high in authority". Step inside the large wooden entrance doors to find the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame.
   The New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame with two floors of displays, features both permanent and temporary exhibits celebrating this province's rich and exciting sports heritage. Memorabilia, photographs, equipment, and uniforms of famous New Brunswick sports figures and those who have been admitted to the Sports Hall of Fame are on display. The collection of original charcoal portraits of the inductees, done by Fredericton artist Marjory Donaldson and Gagetown, NB artist Alex McGibbon, is the largest of its kind in Canada.
   Special exhibits are curated during the year to coincide with noteworthy events including the annual induction ceremony held in June. Group tours (English or French) arranged by appointment.

Admission fees: $3.00 per person, $2.00 per youth (18 years or under) and $8.00 per family.
Tel: 506 453-3747.

Hours vary by season; please call or visit our website for up-to-date information.

Wilmot United Church-Fredericton, New Brunswick
Wilmot United Church-Fredericton, New Brunswick   From the NB Sports Hall of Fame, walk across Queen and up Carleton to Wilmot United Church located next to King Street.
   A group of Loyalist men and women formed the Fredericton Methodist Society in 1791, the year of John Wesley's death. Theirs was the second church in Fredericton and one of the first Methodist Churches in Canada. It soon became the mother church in a circuit which included Kingsclear, Nashwaaksis, Gibson, Marysville, Taymouth, Oromocto, Sheffield, and Grand Lake.
   The congregation outgrew one chapel, lost another by fire, and built the church that stands today in 1852 - at the height of the shipbuilding era. Matthew Stead, the English architect, made full use of native wood and local craftsmen (most of the interior decoration is hand carved). The result was a structure to seat nearly 1200 to rival the yet-to-be-built Christ Church Cathedral, just as the Methodist dissenters rivalled the established Church of England. It is one of the oldest buildings in regular use in the city, and the last of the great wooden churches which dominated the skyline of nineteenth century Fredericton.
   In 1925, the Fredericton Methodist Church entered the United Church of Canada and adopted the name "Wilmot" in honour of its leading layman, Lemuel Allen Wilmot, the first Lieutenant Governor of N.B. who was born in N.B.
   During the summer, guided tours are available weekdays. Check at the Carleton Street parking lot door. Tel: 506 458-1066

York sunbury Historical Society Museum-Fredericton New Brunswick
York Sunbury Historical Society Museum   From Wilmot United Church, return to Queen Street and walk one block to the York Sunbury Historical Museum. The museum is housed in the former Officers Quarters, home for many British Regiments who were garrisoned here during the Colonial period in Fredericton between 1784 and 1869. The museum tells the history of Fredericton and it's surrounding area. Permanent exhibits deal with the First Nations, Civic and Military events that shaped this Capital City . This is the home of the world famous 43 lb. Coleman Frog. Is it real or is it fake, find out for yourself.

Hours April Through December
Open: Tues through Saturday 1 to 4
Summer Hours Mid June through Labour Day Open Everyday 10 to 5
Admission Adults $2 Students $1 Children under 6 free
Group Tours available by request::
Phone (506) 455-6041
Fax: (506) 458-8741

Officers' Square-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   Directly in front of the museum sits Officer's Square, one of the city's most beautiful and historic areas. A centre of military activity when Fredericton was garrisoned by the British Army from 1785 to 1869, and by the Canadian Army from 1883 to 1914 -today it is the site of Fredericton Tourism's Summer Music Series, the Changing of the Guard ceremony and Outdoor Theatre.

The Old Officers' Quarters-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   The Military Compound officers' Quarters building, with its stone arches, iron handrails and staircase (typical of the architecture of the Royal Engineers in the Colonial Period) faces the old Parade Square.
   The older part, toward the river, was built between 1839 and 1840, and has much thicker solid masonry walls than the Queen St. end, which was built around 1851. The earlier end has handhewn timbers, while those of the Queen St. end are sawn, suggesting that a sawmill was established in the Fredericton area sometime between 1839 and 1851.
   Fredericton was honoured to be chosen for the establishment of the first infantry unit of the Canadian Permanent Force in 1883. 'A' Company of the Infantry School Corps, raised in Fredericton on December 21, 1883-and other companies raised elsewhere - became The Royal Canadian Regiment, Canada's oldest regular infantry regiment.

Lord Beaverbrook Statue-Fredericton New brunswickLord Beaverbrook Statue
   A bronze statue of Lord Beaverbrook, New Brunswick's great benefactor, is at the centre of Officers' Square. Unveiled Aug.28, 1957, and viewed by him in his own lifetime, it was erected through the generous contributions of the children of the province.

Lighthouse Museum-Fredericton New Brunswick
Lighthouse Museum   A magnificent view of Fredericton tops 15 levels of stories, displays, children's play areas and a gift shop at the lighthouse museum.
   Admission to the ground level gift shop is free. Admission to the upper levels: Adults: $2, Children: $1 plus GST.

May, June & Sept - Daily l0am - 4pm
Sat.& Sun. - l2pm - 4pm
July & Aug Daily lOam - 9 pm.
For more information call 506 459-2515.

Regent Street Wharf-Fredericton New Brunswick
Regent Street Wharf-Fredericton New Brunswick   The Regent Street Wharf and Mooring Facility offers a variety of services to visitors arriving in the capital by pleasure craft. These include a security gate, electrical hook-up, water and a port warden and are available from June to September. For information, contact Downtown Development Fredericton at 506 458- 8922.
   For visitors who wish to experience the beauty of the St. John River afloat, boat rentals and cruises are available. For information, contact Fredericton Tourism, 506 452-9616.

Riverfront Walkway-Fredericton New Brunswick
Fiverfront Walk-Fredericton New Brunswick   A 5 km river front pathway along The Green passes behind the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. As beautiful and tranquil as a park, it begins at the Sheraton Inn Fredericton, stretches to the Princess Margaret Bridge and boasts a spectacular view. Relax on one of the many benches, brush up on your history with the help of several historic photographs, or take the fast lane to fitness. You can even book a river cruise.
   You'll meet Robbie Bums on The Green near the art gallery. A fine statue of this famous Scottish poet was erected in 1906 by the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew, in cooperation with other Scottish societies in the province.
   Nearby is a marble fountain imported from the gardens of Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, England. It was placed on The Green by Lord Beaverbrook in memory of his friend Sir James Dunn.
   In October 1996, the river front walkway was named "Limpert Lane" in honor of Fredericton Olympic Silver Medallist Marianne Limpert. Marianne won her silver medal swimming the 200 m Medley at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

York County Courthouse-Fredericton New Brunswick
York County Courthouse-Fredericton New Brunswick   From the corner of Regent continue down Queen past the Federal Building to the County Courthouse. Built in 1855, it served both as a Courthouse (upstairs) and a Market (downstairs). In 1882 the first floor was rebuilt to provide space for county offices and records. In 1956, it was extensively renovated and modernized.
   Today, the building houses branches of the Departments of Justice and Solicitor General and a large court room for major trials or hearings.

Tours unavailable.

The Playhouse-Fredericton New Brunswick
The Playhouse-Fredericton New Brunswick   The Playhouse was given to the people of New Brunswick in 1964 by publishing baron Lord Beaverbrook. Raised on the Miramichi, he made his fortune and reputation in the British newspaper industry.
   The Playhouse operated mainly as a roadhouse for its first four years, but in 1969 gave birth to Theatre New Brunswick, the province's only professional English-speaking theatre company. Resident at the Playhouse, TNB tours mainstage and Young Company shows around the province. Responding to the need for greater flexibility as the home of a theatre company and a rental house, in 1971 the Beaverbrook Foundation agreed to a $2 million renovation that added a flytower; raked the main floor to improve audience sightlines; and improved the quality of seating, lighting and sound equipment, workshop and wardrobe facilities, dressing rooms and box-office.
   The Playhouse serves community needs and continues to house touring shows, ranging from ballet to concert performances and conferences, as well as being home base of Theatre New Brunswick. Rental inquiries should be directed to the rentals coordinator at 506 458-8345.

Legislative Assembly Building-Fredericton New brunswick
   From the Playhouse, cross St. John and I continue down Queen. On your right is the majestic Provincial Legislative Assembly Building, the seat of government in New Brunswick since 1882, when it replaced old Provincial Hall destroyed by fire in 1880.
   To the right of the front walkway is a small birch tree bearing a plaque that reads: To mark the wedding of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, July 29,1981, this tree was planted by the Speaker of the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly, Hon. James N. Tucker, MLA.Legislative Assembly Building-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   A large oak, planted in 1900 by the lODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire), in observance of the 1st Empire Day (now Victoria Day), was blown down in 1988. A red oak, planted in 1989, replaces it.
   The main legislature entrance opens into a vestibule and hallway hung with portraits of former Lieutenant-Governors. Beyond is a large spiral staircase.
   One of the most impressive elements of the Assembly Chamber is the Throne or Speaker's Chair, set on a dais under a canopy bearing a carving of the Royal Coat-of-Arms. It serves as a Throne only when the Lieutenant-Governor enters the Chamber. During legislative sessions it is the Speaker's Chair and is occupied by a member elected by the other members to preside over the assembly.
   The Throne and the Clerk's original marble-top desk were rescued from the fire that destroyed Province Hall.
   The newly renovated Chamber reflects the taste of the late Victorians. The wallpaper is Japanesque; the oriental - style carpet, commissioned in England, is in traditional green; and the chandeliers are made of brass with Waterford prisms.
   The Legislative Library contains about 33,000 books. A volume from its complete set of 435 hand-coloured copper engravings of the Birds of America by John James Audubon is on permanent display.

Visitors Welcome-Frederciton New Brunswick
   When the Legislature is not in session, you may visit the Assembly Chamber and take photographs. Guides are on duty.
   When the Legislature is in session, visitors are requested to come in conventional dress. You may sit in the public gallery, but are not permitted to participate in any way in the proceedings of the House, and you are particularly forbidden to applaud. The use of cameras and the reading of books or newspapers are not permitted in the Gallery. Group tours may be arranged.

June 2 - September 1, Weekdays
9am - 6 pm, Weekends 10 am - 5 pm
(Tours every 1/2 hr. beginning at 9:15 am weekdays, 10:15 weekends).

September 2 - May 30
Mon. - Fri. 9 am-4 pm Tel: 506 453-2527

Public Monuments-Fredericton New Brunswick
   On the Legislature lawn is a cairn displaying four Historic Sites and Monuments Board plaques. One pays tribute to W. F. Roberts, M.D., responsible for creating the first Ministry of Health in the British Empire. He became its first minister in 1918. Another honours Sir Howard Douglas, Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of New Brunswick who founded King's College, now the University of New Brunswick, in 1828. The third recognizes Lemuel Allen Wilmot, a strong political figure who served as Attorney General, who was appointed to the Supreme Court and then appointed Lieutenant Governor for New Brunswick. The fourth plaque commemorates Charles Fisher, a Fredericton lawyer and Father of Confederation who became premier and attorney general. He also served in the House of Commons and as a judge of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick.
   Next to the Legislature is a modest stone building, the ground floor of which was built in 1816 as an office for the Provincial Secretary. The upper floors were added in 1869. It is the oldest surviving public building in Fredericton and houses offices relating to the Legislative Assembly.

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