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Fredericton, New Brunswick

Beaverbrook Art Gallery-Fredericton New Brunswick
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton New Brunswick   The world-renowned Beaverbrook Art Gallery, another gift to the people of New Brunswick from Lord Beaverbrook, is situated directly across the street from the Legislative Assembly. The Gallery icon, Salvador Dali's Sanfiagoel Grande, is appropriately placed near the front entrance.
   A new wing, the Marion McCain Atlantic Gallery, was added during 1994 as a tribute to the late Mrs. Marion (Billie) McCain, a benefactor and advocate of the work of Atlantic Canadian artists. The new gallery features Atlantic Canadian art through itinerant exhibitions and exhibitions of works of art drawn from the permanent collection of The Beaverbrook Art Gallery.
   Major Atlantic Canadian artists represented in the permanent collection include Mary and Christopher Pratt, Molly Lamb and Bruno Bobak, Tom Forrestall, Alex Colville, Avery Shaw, Fred Ross, Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain. Contemporary Acadian artists such as Francis Coutellier, Ghislaine McLaughlin, Nancy Morin, Yvon Gallant and Romeo Savoie are also represented.
   The Gallery has an extensive collection of paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-1872), and expatriate Canadian Impressionist James Wilson Morrice (1865-1924). New Brunswick landscape paintings and works on paper by artists such as Anthony Flower (1792-1875), George T. Taylor (1838-1913), and George Neilson Smith (1789-1854) are also an important part of the Gallery's holdings of 19th century Canadian art.
   Works of art by members of the Group of Seven, Ernily Carr and David Milne as well as other twentieth century Canadian artists such as Paul-Emile Borduas, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jack Bush, Harold Feist, Harold Kiunder and John Boyle are in the permanent collection.
   The Gallery is internationally known for its outstanding collection of British paintings from the Elizabethan era to the modern period including paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, J. M. Turner and John Constable. Modern British art is represented by the work of Augustus John, Sir Stanley Spencer, Walter Richard Sickert and Graham Sutherland, including Sutherland's preparatory sketches for his famous portrait of Winston Churchill.
   An excellent collection of 18th and 19th century English porcelain is one of the Gallery's permanent exhibits. As well, a collection of late Renaissance paintings, Aubusson and Gobelin tapestries, and European furniture and decorative arts, are exhibited year-round.
   A modest sculpture garden, including work by contemporary British artist Jonathan Kenworthy, contemporary Acadian artist Marie Helene Allain, and sculptural figures after Watteau, grace the area around the Gallery.

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The Gallery and Gift Shop are open year- round.
Winter Hours:
Mon, Closed; Tues-Fri, 9 am - 5pm; Sat 10 am-5pm; Sun l2pm-5pm
Summer Hours:
Mon-Fri 9 am - 6pm; Sat & Sun lOam - 5pm
Admission: $3/adult; $2/seniors; $1/students (Group rates available)
Note: Works of art listed in this description are not necessarily available for viewing at all times.

Gallery 78/Crocket House-Fredericton, New Brunswick
Gallery 78/Crocket House-Fredericton New Brunswick   In the shadow of the Cathedral spire and with a clear view of the renowned Beaverbrook Art Gallery is the Crocket House; home to Gallery 78. Its history as well as its present are even more interesting than its fascinating name suggests.
   Toward the end of the 19th century, Fredericton architects and builders began incorporating elements of several popular structural modes of the era into their designs in what might be called a 'picturesque eclectic' style. This remarkable building is a fine example. Built in 1900, the three-storey wood frame house is predominately Queen Anne Revival having a circular corner tower with a conical shaped roof, bay windows and decorative shingles. The front entrance, with its classical columns and pediment, reflects a Georgian influence.
   It has been called Crocket House since the 1930s when Dr. William Crocket and his family called it home. In 1963 they sold it to the province of New Brunswick and it was home to the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Heritage. In 1989 it was renovated for use as a gallery.
   Gallery 78, established in another Fredericton location in 1976, represents distinguished contemporary Canadian artists and promotes young and promising talent, especially from New Brunswick. Paintings, sculptures, original multiples and fine, one-of-a-kind crafts are offered in frequently changing displays, and an average of six solo exhibits are prepared each year.
   The Crocket House is also home to the studios of Fredericton painter David McKay, teacher and painter Peggy Holt and writer Nancy Bauer. The offices and practice space for the Calithumpian Theatre Troupe are found in the Coach House.
   The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, year round. Tours of the house and gallery are available on request. Group tours and individual tours outside regular gallery hours can be arranged by calling 506 454-5192 in advance.

Residence of Lt. Governor-Fredericton New Brunswick
Lieutenant Governor Residence   Back on Waterloo Row and across the street is the residence of New Brunswick's Lieutenant-Governor. It is just one of the architectural gems along this river-side street. Unfortunately tours of these stately private Fredericton homes are unavailable.




Loyalist Cemetery-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   Walk down toward the river past the ball diamond and follow the gravel lane to the right into a secluded area that is the Loyalist Cemetery. A few stones remain to mark where the first Loyalists, who died in impoverished shelters on the nearby flats during the harsh winter of 1783- 84, are buried.

Christ Church Cathedral-Fredericton, New Brunswick
Christ Church Cathedral-Fredericton, New Brunswick   Walk back up The Green toward the Art Gallery and cross to Christ Church Cathedral, one of the finest examples of decorated Gothic architecture in North America. A copy of St. Mary's at Snettisham, England, it was the first entirely new cathedral foundation on British soil since the Norman Conquest in 1066, and the first built in the Anglican Communion after the Reformation.
   The cathedral cornerstone was laid in 1845, construction was complete by 1853, and it was consecrated that year by Bishop John Medley, first Bishop of Fredericton (the diocese includes the entire province of New Brunswick) under whose auspices it was built. His exquisite cenotaph is at the east end of the cathedral, surrounded by the many fine examples of woodworking and stained glass art that add depth and character to this awesome structure.
   Although not on public display, the Cathedral also contains the letters patent of Queen Victoria, appointing the Rev. John Medley as Bishop of Fredericton, and constituting the Town of Fredericton to be a city. It also possesses a Royal Bible which was presented by Albert, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII).

Free Guided Tours
Mid-June to Labour Day
Mon-Fri 9 am - 8pm
Sat l0am-5pm
Sun l pm-5pm
Tel: 506 450-8500

Visitors are welcome at other periods of the year, 8:45am to 5pm daily. However, tour guides are not available.

Conserver House-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   Continue up St. John, cross Brunswick Street and three houses from the corner you'll find Conserver House. When it was built, about 1890, it took a coal cooker to keep the kitchen warm, and 10 cords of wood to partially heat the rest of the house.
   Today,thanks to the employment of energy conservation practices and a non-polluting propane furnace, it is a model of energy efficiency. It is also home to several not-for profit organizations, including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB), which has been recognized by the United Nations for its outstanding achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment.
   CCNB staff operate Conserver House and are pleased to provide visitors with current information on issues and concerns in the province. An environmental library is also open to the public for browsing.
   Drop in Mon.-Fri. 9am - 5pm. (You can't miss the building with its signs and wheelchair ramp.) Phone 506 458-8747 for further information.

Old York County Gaol-Fredericton, New BrunswickOld York County Gaol-Fredericton, New Brunswick
   Head back down St. John to Brunswick and turn left to find the Old York County Gaol (Jail). Built between 1840 and 1842, its outside walls are 40" thick and the inside partitions are 20". Originally a bread-and-water prison, it was lit by candles, and heated by a solitary basement fireplace.

Tours are unavailable.

Boyce Farmers' Market-Fredericton New brunswick
Boyce Farmers' Market-Fredericton, New Brunswick   The Boyce Farmers' Market sits in the Gaol's back yard. The building fronts on George St., the grounds stretch to Regent, and every Saturday from 6 am to 1 pm it is the liveliest, most colourful spot in town!
   The Market is a cornucopia of meats, vegetables, baking, maple products and ethnic foods; a treasure-trove of art, crafts and flowers. Some of the farmers, artists, artisans and enthusiastic entrepreneurs are as interesting as their wares, and some of the people who frequent the market are more interesting than everything else combined!
   The Farmers' Market in Fredericton predates the city's founding. In 1785 area residents petitioned the governor of the day to create a townsite - a prerequisite for holding a market.
   The Boyce Market building was constructed in 1951. A bequest of $40,000 from the estate of Walter W. Boyce, a prominent local businessman, got the project off the ground. The York County Council paid the rest of the construction costs. The Market expanded in November of 1990 and now has facilities for 217 stalls.

For more information call 506 451-1815.

 St. Dunstan's Church-Fredericton, New Brunswick
St. Dunstan's Church-Fredericton New Brunswick   Head toward the river on Regent St., cross Brunswick and find St. Dunstan's Church.
   In 1824, Father Michael Sweeney from the Diocese of Quebec, the first Roman Catholic missionary to Fredericton, purchased property on Regent St. and built a small chapel. On September 30, 1842, the Diocese of New Brunswick was created and the Rt. Rev. William Dollard, V.G., was named its bishop by Pope Gregory XVI.
   The small chapel was moved to the rear of the lot and used as a school and, in 1845, Bishop Dollard began construction of a new St. Dunstan's Church. Upon completion it became the cathedral and episcopal Seat of the diocese- the first Roman Catholic Cathedral built in the new Diocese of New Brunswick. The British government made a donation to the church with the understanding that British soldiers stationed in Fredericton were to have seats in the church free of charge.
   The building, erected in the mid-1840's, was replaced in 1965 by the present modern structure on Regent and Brunswick Streets. Two chapels honour The Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Mary, the Mother of Perpetual Help; its fourteen stations of the cross are hand carved in linden wood.
   Bishop Dollard's episcopal chair occupies a place of honor at St. Dunstan's, and a moving painting of "The Crucifixion", a consecration gift to Bishop Dollard from his friends in Quebec, still hangs there too.
   Guided tours unavailable, however, the church is open daily with usual mass time at 7pm. Mon. - Fri. Sept. - June. Summer: July & August 12:05 pm Mon. - Fri.

The Old Burial Ground-Fredericton, New Brunswick
The Old Burial Grounds   From St. Dunstan's cross Regent St. at the corner of Brunswick.
   About the middle of the block, in the Old Town Plat bounded by Brunswick, George and Sunbury Streets, is the most historically important cemetery in New Brunswick. The Old Burial Ground is the final resting place for many of the Loyalist families who founded New Brunswick, its first clergy, judges, and government officials. They lie with the families of the English governors, members of the British regiments stationed in Fredericton, and the early settlers from the British Isles from whom many Frederictonians are descended.
   This cemetery was actively used for more than 100 years. The first recorded burial in 1787 is that of Anthony Foster, an English officer (probably a captain). An Act of the Legislature ordered burials to cease on August 1, 1878, although current lot owners were permitted to continue to inter their relatives.
   In celebration of the bicentennial of the arrival of The Loyalists in 1783, the Fredericton Branch, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, erected a large monument in the cemetery on October 8,1983. It faces Brunswick Street.
   Behind it, along the pathway through the cemetery, is a monument dedicated to the British soldiers who served in Fredericton between 1784 and 1869. It was erected in 1985 as a City of Fredericton bicentennial project.

Further information is available from Fredericton Tourism at City Hall.

 Brunswick Street United Baptist Church-Fredericton, New Brunswick
United Baptist Church-Fredericton, New Brunswick   From the cemetery, walk a half block to Brunswick Street Baptist Church on the corner of Brunswick and York.
   This congregation is descended from the 13 members who organized the first Baptist Church in the area on January 1, 1814. They gathered in a meeting house on the north side of King Street, below Regent. By 1840 the congregation had grown large enough to need a new church. That wooden structure, built on this site and dedicated in 1840, was destroyed by fire in 1882.
   That same year the congregation laid the cornerstone of the fine Neo-Gothic church that stands today. Built of purple-blue freestone quarried in New Brunswick, it boasts a 60 foot tower with a spire that extends a further eight feet and a beautiful tracery window over the main entrance. The Gothic decoration of the semicircular sanctuary and balcony is bathed in the glow of several stained-glass windows. The one above the pulpit, in which Jesus is depicted breaking bread with the Emmaus disciples, has been described as 'one of the best examples of mid-century stained glass in the province'. To the right of the sanctuary is a plaque commemorating the Rev. and Mrs. Richard E. Burpee who sailed for Burma in 1845. They were the first Canadian Protestant missionaries to a foreign country.
   The list of Brunswick Street Baptist firsts also includes York House. This red brick building adjacent to the church is the site of a coeducational seminary established by Baptists in the area in 1836. It was the first upper-level school in Canada to admit both men and women. While it was supported entirely by Baptists, more than half its students were from other denominations.
   The seminary closed its doors 36 years after it was established, when the School Act was changed to provide education to people of all faiths. Today York House provides Christian education facilities throughout the year and a place for ministry to single-parent families and youth. The church itself is available for viewing Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30pm.
   Follow York St. toward the river, cross Queen and you're back where you started your Walking Tour - at City Hall. We hope you have enjoyed the heart of our capital city.

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