The day was dreary when we started this AM on our Bus Tour of St. Andrews.
On our bus tour, these are a few of the interesting places we saw and facts we were told about St. Andrew:
The village of St Andrews was established in 1783 by loyalists of Castine, Maine. Except for Water St., which is the main street though town running along the shore, all the street names have royal or colonial associations. Thirteen were named after 13 of the 15 children of King George III and his wife Charlotte, and two after faithful servants of the crown; the remainder are King, Queen and Prince of Wales streets. The population today is approximately 1800 people.
Pendlebury Lighthouse is located on a point of land at the entrance to the harbor at St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was established in 1833 and has been inactive since 1938.
St. Andrews Blockhouse is a National Historic Site in Canada. This is the only remaining blockhouse that was built by the New Brunswick people when there was an era of conflict between the U.S. and New Brunswick. The townspeople built the blockhouses according to military specifications, fearing the American invasion during the War of 1812.
Algonquin Hotel is a Tudor-style hotel that is a landmark of the area. It was built in 1889 by the St. Andrews Land Co. The hotel was once owned by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Co. The provincial government took it over in 1971. In the past couple of years, the Fairmont Hotel contract expired and now after extensive renovations are completed, Marriott will take the hotel and golf course over. These renovations should be completed by the end of 2013.
Charlotte County Courthouse was built by Thomas Berry in 1839, the building has a royal coat-of-arms carved on the façade by Charles Kennedy in 1858. It is the oldest courthouse in continuous use in Canada. The Gaol (jail) was built adjacent to the courthouse in 1832 and remained in use as a jail until 1979. Its thick walls with tiny openings for windows and narrow doorways in the cell area show how harsh the early judicial system was.
I spoke about the tides before. The tides come into the bay gradually taking 6 hours and 13 minutes to come in and the same amount of time to go out. The tides may raise the water levels 28 feet twice a day and during that time two and a quarter billion tons of water will come into the bay through the passages. The bus driver took us back out on Bar Rd. that crosses over to Minister Island where we stood on the ocean floor a couple of days ago. I've included a picture of what the exact spot looks like today when the tide was in.
Lastly we were taken to the Rossmount Inn for a wonderful lunch. We started with vegetable fiddlehead soup which is made from a kind of a fern from this area. Then we had chicken with a lemon glaze on couscous pasta and salad greens. For dessert we had Panna Cotta with strawberry/rhubarb topping and coffee.
By the time we got back to the campground, the rain was coming down steady but it didn't dampen our spirits because we had a wonderful day.