Miramichi Monday #4: Nelson & MacDonald Farm

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Another Miramichi Monday has come and gone! This week I spent a lot of time stepping back into history!

Thursday afternoon I took advantage of the beautiful weather and took the tour to Beaubears Island. The boat ride over the waters gives excellent views of the shoreline and Beaubears alike. The experienced and lovely captain even offered me an elastic for my wild hair that was blowing in the wind. The first stop is Wilson’s point. Although, I don’t want to spoil the fun for you the area is rich in Acadian History and would make an excellent place to visit on 15 Aout. The area boasts a well maintained walking trail which leads to a view of the tiddle, a place where the South West Miramichi and North West Miramichi rivers merge. Many historical residents of Wilson’s Point can still be found roaming the forest, find out on August 6 on their spooky ghost tour. From there you head to Beaubears Island where you meet the many owners of Beaubears throughout the year. The actors are so incredible it’s truly like you have stepped back into the past. Beaubears was once a booming ship building site. Throughout the years there have been many owners, if you aren’t careful you will be chased off the island by one angry owner who does not like trespassers on his island! See my experience at Beaubears below!

Wilson’s Point

Overlooking Beaubears in Nelson is the Governor’s Mansion. The Governor’s Mansion has been immaculately maintained and is like taking a step back in time. Every time you think the house ends, there is just more house. The Governor’s Mansion offers accommodations where you can sleep among antiques and enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning. The seating areas are adorned with books to read while enjoying the views of Beaubears and the Miramichi River.
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My trip into history was not finished yet. This past week I also visited MacDonald Farm. MacDonald Farm was developed in the 1820’s by a Scottish settler: Alexander MacDonald.
You make your way onto the farm by way of horse drawn wagon led by a gentleman dressed in traditional historical garb. Today there are historically dressed ladies to take you on a tour of the homestead, which holds many traditional artifacts. All cooking was done over the fire place. Imagine heating your soup over the fire instead of the convenience of the microwaves we have today. The farm has many four legged residents. It was a pleasure to see the girls enjoying their time with the animals. We brought a picnic lunch with us which we enjoyed at the picnic table overlooking the river.
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Meet the Residents of Macdonald Farm here:

Another historic building reopened its doors this week: The Rail House. In 1912 the Rail House was once a passenger train station on the wharf in Chatham. It has recently been restored by young entrepreneurs as a bar and eatery. They will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings where they will be offering traditional pub fare including the famous Opera House Style Wings! Not in the mood for wings? Why not try the stacked high Whooper Burger? Not Hungry? Not a problem! Enjoy a cold beverage and good company.

Stepping back into the future, I also got to experience Pita Pit’s breakfast pitas this week. I had a few regrets about getting both jalapenos and hot sauce (I overestimated my ability to handle the heat!) I’ve got to say that Pita Pit always has very friendly and fast service. Kayla and Hannah were excellent! As we all know, I am currently seeking treatment for my poutine addictions and Pita Pit could be the cure. On a nice day it’s wonderful to enjoy their waterfront patio. They also offer catering options where the pitas can come to your workplace!

This weekend I am so excited to be taking in Chatham Head Days. On Monday I visited the Tower Lane community BBQ where bologna burgers were on the menu. I got to see the brand new GMC truck in person, that those in attendance of the championship game will have the opportunity to win. This year is the fortieth anniversary and the volunteers have been working hard to make it bigger than ever with ball games happening all weekend, fire works on Friday evening and entertainment from Jeff Hogan on Friday night and Raglan Road on Saturday! See the link for the full schedule of events!

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