Lockerby to speak on Princetown
Author Earle Lockerby will discuss the political manoeuvres and machinations that resulted in a serial shifting of Prince County’s County town from Princetown to St. Eleanors to Summerside during a lecture on July 26 at the Keir Memorial Museum in Malpeque.
He will give a PowerPoint presentation about Princetown’s promise and disappointment, describing how Princetown Royalty thrived in the 19th century, but its townsite failed to do so.
Samuel Holland designated Princetown, Charlottetown and Georgetown as the county towns of Prince, Queens and Kings counties. Charlottetown and Georgetown have served in this capacity for more than two centuries.
“Princetown was different. Some have said it was stillborn. That may not be exactly true, but we can say that as a county town, Princetown did not make it beyond adolescence,” a news release states.
This eventually cost Princetown its privileged position, losing it to St. Eleanors, where a courthouse and jail were opened in 1834 – the courthouse and jail that had been wrested from Princetown.
St. Eleanors would eventually lose its place in the sun to Summerside, the present county town for Prince County.