Mayor John King’s desk

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where in the town’s an­nals as well.

King isn’t en­tirely for­got­ten, how­ever. When he was in of­fice, King is be­lieved to have worked at a mag­nif­i­cent ash and birch desk that, ac­cord­ing to family tra­di­tions, he made him­self. Noth­ing is known about what be­came of the desk af­ter King’s death but by the early 2000s it resided at the home of the late Hugh and Bella Burns in Kentville. The desk was sold to a mem­ber of par­lia­ment, who then do­nated it to the Kings His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

To­day, the desk is on dis­play at the Kings County Mu­seum in the Vic­to­rian Room. A plaque de­scrib­ing the desk in de­tail and a pho­to­graph of John W. King can also be found in the mu­seum. The de­scrip­tion notes that the desk is “hand­crafted in the eclec­tic fash­ion of the mid- Vic­to­rian era” and is a unique piece of fur­ni­ture. It also is the sole re­main­der that a fine Scots­man, who be­came a well-re­spected Kentville cit­i­zen, also ran the rail­way and for a time was at the helm of the town.

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