King Square: Early Industry and Commercial Activity

HMCS Queen Charlotte Reservists, King Square

HMCS Queen Charlotte Reservists, King Square
Photo courtesy of Edward J. Rice Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Throughout much of the 19th Century, King Square was surrounded by industrial and commercial activity. A number of Prince Edward Island’s well-known furniture makers, such as Mark Butcher and Mark Wright, had their factories in the area. According to the Hutchinson’s 1864 City Directory, other businesses such as Beer & Sons general store, George Munroe’s grocery store and Thomas Doyle’s blacksmith shop were located near the square. It is also known that a candy factory, a grocery store, a funeral business, livery stables and the Navy League/Naval Reserve headquarters were located nearby.  We can see that the HMCS Queen Charlotte reservists utilized the square for their class photo. A beautiful space, visitors might notice the presence of large bronze chairs scattered throughout the square. The public art is to commemorate 19th century cabinetmaker, Mark Butcher, whose high quality furniture can still be found in many homes. As with any of our photos, if you recognize anyone, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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