Fodor's Expert Review Beaconsfield Historic House
Designed by W.C. Harris in 1877 for shipbuilder James Peake Jr., this gracious mansion-cum-museum near the entrance to Victoria Park is one of the Island's finest historic homes. The 11 furnished rooms have rich architectural details and accents (imagine ornate plaster moldings and imported chandeliers)—little wonder the once-wealthy Peake went bankrupt soon after his house was completed. Having taken a tour of the first and second floors, pause to enjoy a view of Charlottetown Harbour from the veranda. An on-site bookstore has a variety of Island publications, and special events (such as musical performances and history-themed lectures) are held year-round. A carriage house on the grounds also hosts a children's festival on weekday mornings, mid-July through late-August.