Fredericton, NB (September 26, 2014) – On Thursday October 2nd, at 4:30pm the Fredericton Region Museum, in partnership with the Crowne Plaza, is opening its “Fredericton Coffee Houses, Inns and Hotels” exhibition. The exhibit explores the history of several of Fredericton’s historic downtown hotels that played a role in the development of the Fredericton region.
Early travelers arrived in the city on horseback, by train or aboard a riverboat and would have been pleased to see an inn or coffee house during the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They sought a warm bed, a bite to eat, a good cup of coffee or even a bit of whiskey. “Travelers brought items in and people came from all over the world,” notes Elizabeth Earl, the Chair of the York Sunbury Historical Society Exhibitions Committee, “…the hotels and inns of Fredericton have played a large part in the political, social and business life of Frederictonians. This elegant little exhibit’s panels reflect a few of the stories of the changing times improving standards and burgeoning choices that have come about since the 18th century.”
Recently, Queen Street was voted as Canada’s most walkable street thanks to various features, such as a park, historic sites and a good selection of restaurants. Perhaps these features developed from its historic roots in the hospitality industry. The exhibit features artefacts, photographs and interpretation panels describing the history of several hotels including the Barker House, Queen Hotel and the Crowne Plaza Fredericton Lord Beaverbrook. Most of these establishments are no longer standing but remain in the memory of many of Fredericton’s long time citizens. The Lord Beaverbrook still serves as one of Fredericton’s major hotels and the Crowne Plaza has collaborated with the museum on this project.
About the Fredericton Region Museum:
The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934. In 1959, the museum found permanent headquarters in the (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton. The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers. Fall hours (September – November) are Tuesday – Saturday 1-4pm.