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Today in Island History
1863 The Society for the encouragement and revival of the Ancient and National Music of Old Scotland stages a noisy bagpipe contest before 600 spectators in Charlottetown. Oldtimer Donald McFadyen finishes third -- with a 10 shilling bonus for wearing the kilt. 1860 The Dundas Rum Riot. When a drunken crowd disrupts the trial of an unlicensed American rum-seller, a battle royal erupts between the local Sons of Temperance and the tipplers. Demon Rum wins the battle -- but loses the war. The unlicensed seller is shut down.
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Beaconsfield Historic House
Beaconsfield from the Garden
Beaconsfield Historic House, 2 Kent Street in Charlottetown

Beaconsfield is one of seven museum and gallery sites across PEI, all administered by the PEI Museum & Heritage Foundation. The house is open for tours all year. The head offices for the PEI Museum are located on the third floor. Beaconsfield offers children's summer entertainment in it's Carriage House, and often, music in winter. Call 902-368-6603 for information about this elegant house.

Rediscovering our history
Purchase your own copy of the Compact Meachamís 1880 Atlas for $29.95.

The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation has this and many other publications, including the Island Magazine, for sale in it's gift shops at all seven sites.



                  Happy Thanksgiving to all Islanders
                                        and visitors! 

Heritage Walking Tours of Downtown Summerside 
 Monday - Friday - 1pm & 3pm

Email Ken Meister at the email below for more info.

Holman's Ice Cream Parlour, in conjunction with the Summerside and Area Historical Society will be offering free interpretative heritage walking tours of the historic Summerside Downtown area.

Summerside has a remarkable story to tell. By retaining the architectural distinctiveness and character of the past, downtown area businesses and homes can tell that story. Our past will come alive with the narrative of the guided walking tour. Wyatt Heritage properties will be highlighted on the tour.    Both residents and visitors will gain exposure to our downtown merchants and will hopefully, return to shops of interest after the tour. 

Tours will begin and end at the gardens of the Holman Ice Cream Parlour at 286 Fitzroy Streeti and are about 45 minutes long.  They will continue for a trial period of 2 weeks.  If there is continued interest and resulting benefit to downtown merchants, the tours will continue as long as weather cooperates.

We wish to thank the City of Summerside and Culture Summerside for their cooperation in helping to make this possible.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ken Meister at