Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saturday, June 23rd.

Tilly House Museum
Saturday’s early morning drizzle certainly didn’t dampen the enthusiastic participant’s spirits, as they began their day’s journey with a schedule of fun filled activities. Divided into two groups, the students had the opportunity to visiting local historical landmarks of great significance such as the Tilly House Museum, built in 1786, the birthplace of Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley (historically known as a Father of Confederation);

St. John's Anglican Cemetery

followed with a guided tour of Queens County Court House and St. John’s Anglican Cemetery where participants were given the opportunity to experience first-hand the art of silhouette rubbing of headstones.

Sheep shearing
At noon, an adventure walk through the village allowed the students to view the countryside of the village farmlands, and witness a local farmer show his skillful art of sheep shearing, before reaching their destination at the Gagetown Fruit Farm for lunch. Shortly after lunch, the participants were given a tractor ride along the trail surrounding the premises of the Gagetown Fruit Farm. Several farm animals were quite entertaining with their mischievous antics.

                                       Gagetown Fruit Farm


The eager students then headed by bus off for a Cable Ferry ride across the tranquil waters of the St John River, a very delightful trip that indeed offered a picturesque view of Mother Nature at its best. After the Cable Ferry docked, the students observed the artistic works of Anthony Flower at the Anthony Flower House, practiced singing of our national anthem and participated in numerous outdoor activities. During the return trip back to Queens County Court House, the atmosphere revealed how friendships blossomed  and joyful memories were imprinted through the expressions of laughter.

A mid-afternoon activity, organized by the village hosts, required students to put their competitive and team-working skills to the test by competing in an Historical Scavenger Hunt. This activity required decoding written clues that would lead to various destinations throughout the village. The team who successfully completed the task first captured the winner’s trophy.

At around 4:00, everyone walked to the Gagetown Community School for pizza and a tour of the school’s Outdoor Nature Classroom. Despite the long day, it was time to board the bus for a much anticipated overnight stay at CFB Gagetown.

On route to CFB Gagetown, the students visited Camp Petersville Cemetery to which they paid tribute, placing Canada flags at the base of headstones, of deceased residence who had once inhabited the land before expropriation in the early 1950s for the development of CFB Gagetown. This remains the largest single land expropriation in the history of New Brunswick.

Upon arrival to CFB Gagetown, they were gracious greeted and given a tour of the Military Engineers Museum. The young historians were immensely intrigued with the massive collection of engineer and general military artifacts. Such artifacts depict the achievements of the Canadian Military Engineers in the development of Canada during times of battle.

To end the evening, the participants then enjoyed a snack as they mingled in conversation with the Sea Cadets at Camp Argonaut. After sustaining much activity throughout the day, the exhausted participants bunkered down in the barracks for a well-deserved good night’s sleep!

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