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    A tour of Beaconsfield House

    by fairy_dust Updated Apr 25, 2004

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    Beaconsfield is a house dating back from the Victorian Era. It was built in 1877 for a rich shipbuilder/merchant/businessman named James Peake Jr., and since he loved to show off his wealth, the house was very fancy (and still is). It was one of the fanciest houses in town and was used to entertain famous guests, including royalty. Later, the Peakes went bankrupt, and the house went to someone else, and then became a residence for young women who worked in Charlottetown or were attending Prince of Wales College.

    In the early 1970s, the Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation bought the property and opened it in 1973 as Beaconsfield. Now it is
    a tourist site open in the summer. There are tour guides in the house who will take you around to the different rooms and tell you about the history of the house.

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    • Historical Travel

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    Government House

    by canuckmike Written Jan 22, 2006

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    Government House

    The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island which also has offices of the administrative staff to support official duties of the Lieutenant Governor. Built in 1833-34 by Isaac Smith, Henry Smith and Nathan Wright has basically stayed the same for the most part. It's first occupant was Lieutenant Governor of the day, Sir Aretas W. Young. Since it is a private residence, there are only tours in July and August and at other occasional times of the year. It is a nice building to look at but unless it is the summer, that is about all you can do.

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    St. Dunston's Basilica

    by tuff Updated Dec 10, 2010

    This church, known for its fine Italian carvings and twin Gothic spires, is one of the largest Churches in Canada.

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    • Family Travel

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