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St. David Landing

 In 1785 a band of approximately 30 families were forced to flee the Fredericton area (Canada) because of the arrival of the Loyalists.   Traveling by canoe, they navigated the St. John River, passed Grand Falls and the ability of British war ships to follow them.

In June of that year the first families arrived by canoe and landed at this site known as the  St. David Landing. 

Traditionally a cross was erected as a gesture of gratitude for a safe passage and a new beginning.  The original cross has faded, but a new cross stands on the site.
Here the students stand on a replica of the canoes used to make the journey.  This replica was carved from a solid tree using only a chain saw.