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.
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