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Sussex in Kings County, New Brunswick — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)

Leonard's Gate

Leonard's Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2019
1. Leonard's Gate Marker
Inscription.  This property, as with so many in the area, once belonged to the estate of George Leonard who arrived in New Brunswick as a Loyalist with the spring fleet of 1783.

Although Mr. Leonard had been raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts and owned a home in Saint John, it was the Sussex Valley that ultimately captured his heart.

Leonard’s character was colourful and he approached every interest with great passion. Contemporaries described him as one who was generous of spirit and worked hard at attracting settlers to Sussex by personally paying for the construction of roads and bridges within the valley. Throughout the years he was an integral part of the social fabric of the area… he brought people together… he was a builder.

Now, more than 200 years later, this project is symbolic of Mr. Leonard’s vision… we are building… we are continuing to draw people to our community… we are bringing people together.

Leonard’s Gate is going to make us a better place, just as George Leonard would have wanted.
Erected 2015.
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Settlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1783.
Location. 45° 43.399′ N, 65° 30.503′ W. Marker is in Sussex, New Brunswick, in Kings County. Marker is on Main Street (New Brunswick Route 121) east of Peter Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located along the sidewalk directly in front of the Sussex Farmers Market, also known as "Leonard's Gate". Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 602 Main Street, Sussex NB E4E 7H8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dominion Building (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); a different marker also named War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Site of One of the First Irving Service Stations (approx. 0.4 kilometers away).
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1. George Leonard Biography. Of the fifth generation of his family to live in Massachusetts, George Leonard pursued a conventional existence until the American revolution. From then until the end of the war and beyond, Leonard’s fate was inextricably linked with the loyalist cause. Leonard resolved to move his family to “the asylum pointed out
Leonard's Gate Marker<br>(<i>wide view looking north from Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2019
2. Leonard's Gate Marker
(wide view looking north from Main Street)
for the Kings Friends” in the northern British colonies. After its establishment in 1784, the new colony of New Brunswick engaged all of Leonard’s imagination and loyalty. He spent the remaining 25 years of his active life trying to build up strong community institutions in the province and protect its trade from American competition. (Submitted on August 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Loyalist Ships. Many Loyalists came to Canada by ship, especially those who settled in the Maritime provinces and, to a lesser extent, in Quebec. On April 26, 1783, the first or "spring" fleet set sail. It had on board no less than seven thousand persons, men, women, children, and servants. Half of these went to the mouth of the river St John, and about half to Port Roseway, at the south-west end of the Nova Scotian peninsula. (Submitted on August 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 241 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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