Lockerby to speak on Prince­town

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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