Like many museums in Kingston — Bellevue House opens this weekend. The one time home of Canada’s First Prime Minister is gearing-up for a busy season. Here’s Mike Postovit.
Talk about a beehive of activity. Whether it’s some cosmetic changes to the entrance to the visitor centre. Making the site — and more specifically the house more accessible. Or just some general clean up. The work around the one time home of Sir John A Macdonald continues as opening day gets ever closer.
George Muggleton/Visitor Experience Manager
“He lived here between 1848 and 1849 and the construction of the house is unique as well in that it features the Italianate architecture — so something really special for the Kingston landscape — a little bit different. It’s an excellent opportunity for folks to come and see lifestyle of the Kingston suburbs of the 1840’s.”
There’s plenty in store during the 2017 season. Not only is it Canada’s sesquicentennial — but the Centre Street landmark is “also” marking a milestone.
“We’re going to be celebrating our 50th season of operation this year. And with the tie in to the 150 commemorations as well it was an excellent opportunity. The government of Canada is promoting it’s national parks and national sites this year for Canadians to get out to enjoy and experience and participate in.”
In the meantime — the work continues as the weekend and opening day approaches.
“This season at Bellevue House visitors will be able to share what they believe their dream of a nation should be — it’ll be part of an on going display. They’ll have their pictures taken in a photo booth and it’ll be part of an on going program here on the site so we’re really excited to have that.”
Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston.