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I thought having the red measles was bad enough but now I was certain being confined to the house with chicken pox was even worse. Mum kept covering the itchy spots with lotion and with warnings to not scratch as scars would be left on me - forever.

Aunt Ethel heard about my being sick and sent out a view-master and several reels that she thought would entertain me. Entertain me, it surely did! The hours slipped away as I viewed one reel after another. Buckingham Palace was beautiful. The characters in the fairy tales came alive as I clicked and clicked. 

The virtual tours that have been placed on the internet can whisk you away for hours with just the click of the mouse.

You can view many of the rooms of the Loyalist House in Saint John from the comfort of your chair by clicking on or learn about the schools of yesteryear at the School Days Museum in Fredericton at

At Community Memories on The Virtual Museum of Canada some sites of New Brunswick  interest are:

 “Places of Our Hearts” tells the story of a shocking upheaval that swept through central New Brunswick in the summer of 1952, an upheaval that affected twenty communities and 750 families in Queens and Sunbury Counties when the Government of Canada effectively annexed a 1400-square-kilometre area that year to make way for Camp Gagetown, a large military training facility, dislodging a tightly-knit community with roots extending back to the early 19th century.

In "Places of Our Hearts" the uprooted, people such as the Inches, the Shorts, the McKinneys and the Corbetts, among many others, tell their own story about the communities that vanished. They describe the farms, churches and businesses that made towns such as Inchby,  Armstrong Corner, Jerusalem, Coote Hill, Clones, Olinville, Hibernia, Lawfield, and Petersville so vibrant and memorable. The villages may be gone, but the thoughts of a simpler time and place continue to live on in  their souls. Memories are refreshed while viewing the collection of photographs.

"Albert County Heritage" takes you on a journey back in time to show you a glimpse of the history of picturesque Albert County, New Brunswick. The story recounts the legends of the local First Nations, as well as the story of Pierre Thibodeau and the founding of the first Acadian settlements in the area. As you move through the story, you will learn about the expulsion of the French in 1755, and the subsequent arrival of German and Loyalist settlers. Don't forget to read about the pirates! You can also read about the Irish settlers, whose arrival in the early 1800s helped to fuel the economic boom in New Brunswick years later.  Many historic photographs are included in the presentation

Fredericton's York County Jail, 1842 - 1996". A virtual tour of the massive old granite stronghold reveals a fascinating but neglected part of the social history of Fredericton and the surrounding area as it tells the stories of some of the inmates imprisoned there. It describes the brutal living conditions, such as the dungeon that prisoners endured in the early years. As onetime guards and inmates recall more recent history, you'll hear from those who were present at the double hanging and other very human tales of misery and crime. Along with its dungeon museum, the York County Jail is now home to Science East, New Brunswick's only hands-on science centre.
 “Hometown Sports Heroes” highlights the remarkable achievements of athletes and  teams that have been an integral part of community life in St. Stephen dating from the early 1900s to the present day.

 “Heart of the Village: Memories of The Blacksmith Shop” is devoted to the blacksmiths who lived and worked in the small communities dotting the Gaspe Coast.  Several family histories and biographies of blacksmiths have been collected through archival and oral history sources.  These biographies include the Watson family blacksmiths, the Gilker family blacksmiths, and the individual stories of Arnold George Gilker, William Moreau, and Obadiah Lot Vardon.  A  comprehensive list of all the blacksmiths serving the various communities along the Gaspe Peninsula between 1831 and 1881 has also been compiled from four surviving census records.

Papertown, The Dalhousie Story” - The Town of Dalhousie has been through some very distinct periods between its founding in 1825 and today. One of the most significant came with the construction of the New Brunswick International Paper Company, then one of the largest newsprint mills in the world. This turned Dalhousie into a "Papertown," This exhibit explores the way the mill changed the town.
 “The Changing Role of Jewish Women in Saint John” exhibit illustrates the role and impact of Jewish women within the Saint John Jewish community, and their involvement with Saint John society from 1858 to the present day.

The internet is today’s view master. With the click of a finger, you can take a virtual tour without leaving the comfort of home.
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