Kingston’s Market Square, 1900

City Hall, market squareThe summer is a wonderful (and tasty) time to spend the morning at the market. Not much has changed in that regard in over 200 years. Kingston’s Market Square has been in existence since 1801 when the government of the day called for the establishment of “some convenient place in the town of Kingston, as a market, where butcher’s meat, butter, eggs, poultry, fish and vegetable, shall be exposed for sale.” From the George Vosper collection this beautiful view of the Market was taken around 1900. You can see the Public Weigh Scales marked on the back of the building, as well as the Island Market and the Fish Market. Due to this long history, Kingston’s Market Square was designated as a Heritage Conservation District in 1984.

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