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“A shadowy glimpse of history”

Beaconsfield Historic House
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$22.43*
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City Highlights Bus Tour of Charlottetown
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Beaconsfield Historic House was built in 1877 as the residence of a wealthy shipbuilder. It is an enduring symbol of Victorian elegance and its garden and veranda offer a perfect view of beautiful Charlottetown Harbour.
Oshawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
126 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A shadowy glimpse of history”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

The house represents something of the tragedy of its times. Built for a wealthy local shipbuilder who had married the Lieutenant-Governor's daughter, the house was only occupied by them for 5 years. Mr. James Peake apparently remained mired in the traditions of wooden shipbuilding and could not transform his business to iron/metal ships. Of their 6 children, 4 died in infancy. Upon bankruptcy and handing the keys over to the mortgage holder, Mr. Peake left to try and make good in British Columbia where he died as an employee of a Gentleman’s Club. He never saw his wife and children after leaving PEI.

My wife and I love to speculate on the personal circumstances that wove through such a tragic existence as we toured the house. It is furnished with period items but nothing original due to the bankruptcy nor is the room use/allocation known. The mortgage holder took residency as a single man with his two single sisters...more speculation...With no heirs, the house was willed away and became a nurses residence for many years.

An interesting guided tour is offered that talks about many aspects of life back in the day. Little is known about the interior of the house from its construction until the nurses’ occupation.

Visited August 2012
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Charlottetown, PEI
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463 reviews
195 attraction reviews
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“Part of Charlottetown's history”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Worthwhile visit to this historical property on the waterfront. Home is furnished in period pieces and is worth the short visit. Easy to access from downtown so no worries about parking (there is however parking across the street). This is also a good base from which to undertake the 1.5 km walk of the Victoria Park Boardwalk (on the Boardwalk, just past the the cannons, is a good place to stop for a light lunch or ice cream)

Visited July 2012
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Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful house !”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

The tour was great and each & every room was filled with historical features and antique furnishings/belongings.

Visited June 2012
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Heritage Beacon”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

I thought this was a highlight of visiting Charlottetown.It really recreates life int he colonial period and is beautifully located.

Visited June 2012
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The tour was very informative and the girls permitted the tour with only the two of us in tow! THanx

Visited July 2012
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