Hartland is a town in Carleton County, New Brunswick, Canada. Take a look below for 19 fun and fascinating facts about Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada.
1. Hartland is situated on the Saint John River in the central-western portion of the province in the agricultural heartland of Carleton County.
2. The first settler in the area of what would become Hartland was William Orser (b.1762) and his son William Jr.
3. William traveled there from New York with his wife and six children.
4. His wife died of an illness and he remarried to a widow, Mary Blake, who also had six children.
5. The pair later conceived an additional six children.
6. The land was settled in 1797, and granted in 1809.
7. The town was named Hartland in 1874, to honour James R. Hartley, a surveyor and MLA.
8. It is the hometown of two of New Brunswick’s premiers during the 20th century: Hugh John Flemming and Richard Hatfield. U.S. Congressmen Isaac & Samuel Stephenson and Prince Edward Island’s Lieutenant-Governor Barbara Oliver Hagerman are also from Hartland.
9. Renowned Canadian poet Alden Nowlan also lived in the town for several formative years while working for the Hartland Observer newspaper.
10. The town is best known for being the site of the Hartland Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the world.
11. Originally opened on July 4, 1901, the 1,282 foot (390.75 m) bridge is a national historic site.
12. The bridge was covered as part of major repairs in 1921, and the pedestrian walkway added in 1945.
13. Prior to the building of the Mactaquac Dam, Hartland was also famous for its salmon pools, located slightly upstream of the Hartland Bridge.
14. Hartland is the headquarters of the North American trucking company Day & Ross, itself a subsidiary of McCain Foods, as well as home to the New Brunswick Bible Institute.
15. An arsonist started a fire which consumed a large part of the town. The town was rebuilt.
16. The town’s dehydration plant, used to dehydrate potatoes, was destroyed by fire.
17. The adjacent glucose and starch plants were also consumed.
18. A fire destroyed many businesses on Main Street.
19. Being built close to the Saint John River, the town is usually affected by the annual spring freshet. Ice jams threaten the Hartland Bridge, it being a choke point for loose ice.