Woodleigh Replicas

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Woodleigh Replicas
Location Burlington, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Coordinates 46°29′05″N 63°34′48″W / 46.48472°N 63.58000°W / 46.48472; -63.58000Coordinates: 46°29′05″N 63°34′48″W / 46.48472°N 63.58000°W / 46.48472; -63.58000
Owner Weeks Holdings Inc. Owner/operators Blair and Allan Weeks
Opened 1957
Closed 2008
Area 30 acres

Woodleigh Replicas is a park of miniatures situated in the rural community of Burlington outside Kensington, Prince Edward Island. The visitor attraction opened in 1957 and closed in May 2008.

It was started about 1945 by Ernest Johnstone, a veteran of World War I and his son Archibald Johnstone, a veteran of World War II. Construction continued through the 1970s. The elder Johnstone, of Scottish descent, named it after his ancestral home in Annandale.[1] It featured replicas at varying scales of landmarks from the United Kingdom including St. Paul's Cathedral, Anne Hathaway's cottage, Shakespeare's birthplace, The Old Curiosity Shop, and Dunvegan Castle. The most ambitious feature is a replica of the Tower of London, which covers a substantial portion of the site and which includes the Armories and replicas of the Crown Jewels. The replicas, many of which were built of mortared stone, still remained intact in 2011.

The 35 acres (14 ha)[2] attraction was closed due to falling attendance and the declining health of its last private owner, Peter Steele.[1] The province ( Government of Prince Edward Island), which held the mortgage, failed to find a buyer for the property when it was first offered for sale in June, 2008.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wayne Thibodeau, "Woodleigh Replicas up for sale", Journal-Pioneer (Summerside), May 29, 2008
  2. ^ Amber Nicholson, "Regal real estate: This is your chance to own your own ‘castle’", Journal-Pioneer, July 23, 2010
  3. ^ Wayne Thibodeau, "Mortgage sale fails to find buyer for Woodleigh Replicas theme park", The Guardian (Charlottetown), June 27, 2008

Further reading[edit]

  • E. W. Johnstone, Woodleigh Replicas: Large Scale Models of Famous Castles, Cathedrals and other outstanding attractions of Legendary, Historical and Literary Interest; Prince Edward Island, Canada, 1982

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