Would you travel for 101 days on a ship to an unknown faraway land? Well, that is exactly what Miss Florence Wilson of Barkerville Historic Town & Park did in the year 1862. In this Gold Rush Trail storyteller episode, we explore the life of one of Barkerville’s most prominent women. Her story began when news of lovesick miners in British Columbia reached Britain. Trying to alleviate the situation, willing bachelorettes boarded onto a bride ship named the Tynemouth and headed to BC. After arriving in the booming gold rush town, not only did Florence meet the love of her life but she became a founding member of the Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association, a founding member of the Cariboo Literary Institute, a noteworthy mining investor, the owner of two town saloons and even the first librarian in colonial BC. It is clear that Miss Florence Wilson made a long-lasting impact on the Cariboo Gold Rush. Barkerville is hosting a number of virtual field trips to help bring the magic of the gold rush to you. Head to http://www.barkerville.ca/visit-virtu… to experience the imaginative and interactive virtual programming or visit http://www.barkerville.ca/ and https://goldrushtrail.ca/journey/leg/… for more historical Barkerville content.
The Gold Rush Trail Guide depicts a story – a history – shaped by nature.