Friday, 25 July 2014

DayTripping: The Carter House


The 1810 Carter House Tea Room and Gift Shop
The 1810 Carter House Tearoom and Gift Shop is a hidden treasure nestled in the heart of Kingston on the Kingston Peninsula in beautiful Kings Co, NB.  A bit off the beaten track, the Kingston Peninsula is accessible by 3 toll-free ferryboats or overland via Hampton.  About an hour and a half from Fredericton, and 40 minutes from Saint John and Sussex, The Carter House is a delightful destination for daytrippers looking for a refreshing repast after a rewarding trip through some of the most picturesque scenery in all of New Brunswick.
Kings County
Locating Kings Co. on the Map of NB

The Carter House is an historical building owned and operated by Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.  Over the past 4 decades The Carter House has evolved into a charming tearoom and gift shop and a bit of a museum. Read about the history of the Carter House by clicking on this link:  Carter House Tearoom and Gift Shop
1810 Carter House: 874 Rte. 845, Kingston, NB: 506-832-2902
June to August:  Tuesday to Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm 
September: Saturdays 9:00am to 4:00 
The TeaRoom
At the risk of sounding cliché, the interior of The Carter House is charming.  Even on the hottest of summer days, the tearoom is refreshingly cool while the atmosphere is warm and inviting. 

Refreshingly Cool

 Warm and Inviting
As a frequent visitor, I can attest to the excellent quality of food and service. 
A Special Event at Carter House

Take a look at this menu and its prices--a cup of soup for $2.50!  A sandwich for $4.50!  The sandwiches are available on white, brown, whole wheat or honey seed bread.  Honey seed bread?  Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds.  The dessert of the day is $4.50.  That could be strawberry
shortcake, chocolate cake with boiled icing, gingerbread with whipped cream, raspberry cheesecake, a variety of pies etc., etc. 
 Carter House Menu 2014
 The Carter House aims to serve foods that are local and in season. 
Fruit Tartlets
Did I mention that the cooks of Kings County are beyond compare? 
Chocolate Cake with Boiled Icing
When was the last time you had a warm cinnamon bun with butter and a hot cup of tea for $3.00? 
Cup of Tea
 Being a Tea Snob, I will vouch for the tea.  Although my personal favourite is good ole reliable King Cole, the Carter House Blend runs a close second for me.  Delicious. 
Carter House Blend and King Cole Teas

And the array of teas has recently expanded to appeal to the tea adventurer!
Assortment of Teas
Most tea drinkers would agree that tea tastes best steeped to perfection in a china pot and served in a delicate cup and saucer.  The Carter House has an eclectic collection of teapots and an endless supply of fine cups and saucers.  You may even request a particular teapot and a favourite cup and saucer from the friendly staff.   
Delicate Cups and Saucers

Collection of Teapots
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop offers quality items at excellent prices.  Most products are locally made.  Let's take a look.
Gift Shop
Need a wedding gift?
Crimmins' Pottery
A birthday gift?
Button Bracelets
How about a baby gift?

Hand-Knit Baby Sweater ($16.00)
And for the "Earthy" baby....
Baby Paws ($8.00 a pair)
Babies still use bibs, right? 
Winter will come....
Hand-Knit Socks and Mittens ($8.00 to $20.00)
And we will need socks and mittens...
More Mittens
A Christmas gift for your Great-Aunt who has everything she needs...
Preserves, Jams, Jellies
We all need honey in our pantries....

Who does not LOVE the St. John River....??
St. John River Society T-Shirts
Learn more about this corner of New Brunswick...
Books by Local Authors

A hand-knit baby sweater for $16.00!?  Why buy local?  Why not?  It stimulates the local economy; the money goes to the crafter who is likely to spend it in our community.  And a percentage of every sale goes to The Carter House.  Buying local is environmentally-correct.  The product did not travel half-way around the world; packaging is minimal.

Historical Artifacts
When you have finished your lunch in the tearoom and your shopping in the gift shop, you are welcome to take a look upstairs at the historical artifacts.
Baby Carriage
Doll and Cradle
Front Hall
Bathroom Artifacts
Heritage Gardens
Before leaving the grounds, be sure to take a stroll in the heritage gardens surrounding The Carter House. 
Path with Bench
Flower Beds
Garden Shed
Future Plans
Recently, Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc. received funding from the provincial government to help with further renovations to The Carter House.  A reception was held to celebrate this announcement. 
There was a cake....

a choir.....

 Kathleen Fullerton, President of KPHI  and Trevor Holder, Minister of Wellness, Culture and Sport (fifth cousins)
Student Employment
Over the years, The Carter House has provided employment for more than 200 local students.  As a matter of fact, I was one of those students employed by Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc. At age 22, I spent the summer at The Carter House with one other student, building window screens and installing pink fibreglass insulation in the crawlspace under the house.  Now, in my retired 50s, I maintain my connection to The Carter House by selling my mittens in the gift shop. 
The Carter House could not function without loyal volunteers and diligent summer students.  This year's crew is enthusiastic, welcoming, efficient, responsible, and eager to please.  And look how happy they are!

Charlotte and Sarah (second cousins)
They look forward to serving you at 1810 Carter House Tearoom and Gift Shop.
Until Next Time.....