Sept. 23, 2008
PRINCE WILLIAM (CNB) - A re-enactment of the debates surrounding the introduction of a bill in 1855 prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, at Kings Landing.
In 1855, liquor was legally produced, purchased and consumed throughout New Brunswick, and breweries and alehouses were thriving businesses. However, there was also a movement among some in the province who felt that prohibition would provide a solution to many of society's ills.
This special event, entitled Temperance in a Teapot, features characters from 19th century New Brunswick, including Samuel Leonard Tilley. Tilley, who later became a Father of Confederation and Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, will be preaching to the crowds about the proposed prohibition legislation. Visitors will find him at the King's Head Inn on both days, where he will meet with fierce opposition from pub owners and staff.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sign a petition in favour of the legislation, or one to oppose it. Tilley will have confrontations with his opponents at various points during both days, providing an opportunity for visitors to understand the feelings of New Brunswickers on both sides of the argument. The debate was really about economics on one side, and morals and values on the other.
Members of the public are invited to visit Kings Landing for this exciting and thought-provoking special event, and decide for themselves if attitudes and problems have changed over the past 150 years.
Kings Landing Historical Settlement is located 20 minutes west of Fredericton at Exit 253 on the Trans-Canada Highway, and is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 13.
MEDIA CONTACT: Patricia Donnelly, marketing manager, Kings Landing Historical Settlement, 506-363-4952.