You are invited to come celebrate the book’s publication on Wednesday, December 23rd, 4-7 pm, at the Kingston Yacht Club, 1 Maitland Street. Refreshments will be available (cash bar) and the book will be on sale for $34.95 (CASH OR CHEQUE ONLY).
The book will also be available for sale at Kingston’s downtown book shop, Novel Idea, at 156 Princess Street.
For more information, contact
Barb Carr firstname.lastname@example.org 613-544-4081
Christine Sypnowich email@example.com 613 542 2549
Perched on a hill across the Cataraqui River from Kingston, Ontario, sits Barriefield, a rural village established in 1814. In its heyday, the village was busy and noisy with taverns, boatbuilding yards, a sawmill, blacksmiths, carpenters, shops, a village school and church, and family homes and businesses. Many of its original home builders were from the nearby Royal Naval Dockyard, where ships were hurriedly being built in a race for naval supremacy over the Americans during the War of 1812.
Two hundred years later, Barriefield still retains its 19th century streetscapes, its rural character, views and vistas across open spaces, and many of its heritage homes and buildings. It has the distinction of being the first designated Heritage Conservation District in Ontario. This collection of essays, photos, maps, paintings, and drawings provides insights into life in Barriefield over the years: its relationship to Kingston and nearby naval and military establishments, its public buildings and heritage houses, as well as the wide range of people who made Barriefield their home, from important public figure John Marks to bootlegger William “Dollar Bill” Allen.
As we celebrate 200 years of Barriefield’s history, we hope that this book will inspire an awareness of, and an appreciation for, this unique jewel of Kingston’s heritage.