Kensington has plenty to celebrate as it marks its centennial

Journal Pioneer staff
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The Town of Kensington celebrated its birthday with a weekend party that was not dampened by the cool temperatures and drizzle.

The community came out in a big way to celebrate their municipality’s centennial.

The weekend party started off with a bang with a fireworks show and the celebrations continued on Saturday and Sunday with a parade, mural unveilings, a community walk, a buffet of Island food, an old-fashioned carnival and wrapped up with a gospel concert Sunday evening.

Although the not-so-ideal conditions may have kept some away from the outdoor activities, there was still a fair number of entries in the street parade and a large crowd lining the streets to watch.

Kensington is a town of community spirit.

The town’s website dubs it “the heart of the Island,” due, in part, to its central location but also because it is a community with a lot of heart.

The citizens’ generous nature came through when the town was encouraging residents to “Pay it Forward” and do a good deed for another, in hopes that they would, in turn, do a good deed for someone else. The goal of the campaign was to collect 2,014 of these good deeds by the time the May 23 celebrations began, but that goal was surpassed in early November 2013. Plenty of good deeds continued to be done after that date and will likely continue into the future.

Kensington, with a population of approximately 1500, has a rich cultural heritage but also a progressive attitude. While preserving and appreciating their past, the town encourages and welcomes new development.

Despite its size, it has its own police force, as well as recreation facilities that include an outdoor public pool – something not many municipalities can lay claim to. Kensington and its surrounding agricultural base is planted in a strong work ethic, there’s time for fun and relaxation too.

The Town of Kensington grew up around the intersection of five roads.

Throughout the 19th and 20th century the Town flourished as its commercial and industrial base expanded. Its role as a service centre for the surrounding areas increased.

When the provincial railroad made its way through the town and began operating in 1875, Kensington became a central station and shipping point for the region.

The Kensington Train station is one of the most architecturally outstanding on the Island being made from boulders as opposed to timber. Even though the trains have disappeared, the station serves a different function now and remains an attraction to the area.

So happy birthday Kensington. May you continue to thrive and keep the “heart of the Island” beating.

 

 

Geographic location: Kensington

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