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Today in Island History
1844 Robert McKinlay announces the imminent opening of his Charlottetown tobacco factory, which will convert imported tobacco leaf into Island tobacco products. Within weeks, competition appears from Thomas Tremaine. 1972 Armed with monies provided through the federal government's PEI Centennial Fund, Catherine Hennessey, Fred Hyndman, and Wanda Wyatt purchase the Cundall Home -- Beaconsfield -- from the Cundall Trust. It will become home to the Heritage Foundation.
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Beaconsfield Historic House

Built in 1877 for James and Edith Peake, Beaconsfield was one of Charlottetown’s most elegant homes. Featuring the finest in materials and craftsmanship, it was also equipped with all the latest conveniences of the day. The Peakes, unfortunately, were destined to enjoy Beaconsfield for a very short time - a time filled with triumphs and tragedies.
Henry Cundall, the second owner, moved into Beaconsfield in 1883 with his sisters Penelope and Millicent.  After his death in 1916, the house was used as a young ladies’ residence, and later, the “Cundall Home” became a residence for student nurses.
Today, Beaconsfield Historic House stands as a fine example of Victorian architecture with many wonderful features intact and has a fascinating story to tell. It is open year-round for tours and hosts lectures, concerts and other special events in the Carriage House. Visit our gift shop featuring Island books, magazines, pottery, prints and jewellery.

Open Year Round



Monday - Friday,  10am - 4pm
Sunday - 1pm - 4pm Hours may vary. Please call

902-368-6603 to confirm

July and August

Daily 10am - 4:30pm

September & October Hours:

Monday to Friday - Noon - 4pm
Other times by appointment

November to April

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
12:00 noon to 4pm
Other Times by Appointment


Monday to Friday,
12Noon to 4pm & other times by appointment

Admission  * All prices include HST

Seniors recieve a 10%
Discount off Regular
Adult admission

Adult: $5.00

Student: $4.00

Family: $14.00 (two adults, two children)

Group and school tour rates available


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Contact Information

Phone: (902) 368-6603

Fax: (902) 368-6608



2 Kent Street, Charlottetown

Corner of West and Kent Street

GPS N46 13.89 W-063 8.034

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