Shaye M.

Georgetown , Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair

Kings County Courthouse

Tells the history and purpose of the Kings County Courthouse.





What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned about another important aspect of my community. I learned that through many hardships my community maintained the building and made sure the history is preserved. We need to appreciate the courthouse more and instead of just passing by, we should take more time to appreciate its history.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

That the Kings County Courthouse was used for more than just a courthouse. It functioned as a prison back decades ago and has been here since the early making of Georgetown. It was interesting to learn how the community banded together to make sure the jail was rebuilt after the fire. Once rebuilt, they made sure that it still serves a purpose today. I am proud of Georgetown!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Nowadays, the courthouse is not used as much as it used to be and seems to be a lot more overlooked than it was back when it was rebuilt. Back all those years ago, it was used more frequently and had more of a purpose than it does in todays time. Just like my ancestors, I too face fighting for our town. Georgetown has seen population decline over many years, but the town has always tried to keep what we have. Our school was slated to close three times and the town fought to keep it open. We are small, but we are mighty.