Kings Landing Foundation commits $150,000 toward new Residence Building
The Visiting Cousins summer camp weeks have been filled up for over 40 years at Kings Landing. Each summer, children aged 9 to 15 descend on Kings Landing from all over New Brunswick, Canada, the U.S. and beyond to become “Visiting Cousins” and “Family Kin”. They stay on site from Monday-Friday and become immersed in history. They do chores, work on the farms, attend the one-room schoolhouse for lessons, play games and interact with historical interpreters in the settlement.
The Education Residence Building
One of the key components in successfully running the Visiting Cousins program is proper housing while the children are on site during their camp week. Children currently stay in the Slipp House, a traditional two-story home on the grounds.
However, there are accessibility issues, there is not a proper commercial kitchen for meals and the house is showing its age. To continue offering an up-to-date summer camp program where children will be comfortable, new housing is required.
The new Education Residence will provide accommodations for up to 24 weekly summer camp children and will also include a commercial kitchen and a great room for dining and events. The building will be a central part of the experience for over 200 children each summer.
In the shoulder seasons, the facility will be used by visiting artists, photographers, historians, writers as well as students and instructors from UNB, NB College of Craft & Design, NBCC and others.
Fitting in with the village, the Residence will ensure summer program participants are fully immersed in the experience of 19th century living in New Brunswick, while at the same time meeting today’s standards for safety and accessibility.
In 2018, the NB Department of Tourism announced that they will contribute towards building a new education residence facility at Kings Landing to replace the current Slipp House accommodations for Visiting Cousins. The Slipp House will be repurposed for a different use within the village.
The Residence project is estimated to cost a total of $860,000, and Kings Landing Foundation has committed to contributing $150,000 raised from donors. The remainder will be funded by the Province of New Brunswick and Kings Landing Corporation, and the project will break ground in 2019.
We need your help
To reach our commitment of $150,000 toward the new Education Residence Building, we need support from local communities, families and individuals. Please consider making a donation to this priority project.
We thank you for your support, and future Visiting Cousins and Family Kin will appreciate it too!