PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- This house is similar to the preceding one except that the front windows have been replaced with ones out of scale with the house. It was built by William Paul, shipbuilder, in the period of 1853-1863.
- James Peakes wife, Barbara Brecken, received several town lots in the settlement of her father's estate and, in 1855, sold a part of a lot to John P. Oxley, blockmaker. Less than three years later Mr. Oxley sold the property to John Blake, butcher, and this time the deed mentions a house. It is a pleasant one and one-half storey building. The front facade has been reclad with wide shingles and narrow ones are still visible on the sides.
- A member of a prominent and influential family, John Brecken bought three town lots in 1832 and immediately began construction of his house. It is an imposing building which relied on symmetry for effect. The Brecken house and large garden enclosed by a black thorn hedge was once a landmark in Charlottetown and the site of garden parties. The grounds, though smaller, still convey a sense of the former grandeur.
- Master mariner Captain John Gillis built the four bay, two tenement house here in 1873. The newspapers of the time called the roof type a French roof referring to the two-sided roof revived in the second empire period. Notice how well the dormers fit into the roof and suit the house.
- Turn right here and proceed down Hillsborough Street.
- In 1852 owner Dennis Reddin leased this plot of land to Mrs. Mary Dunn for 999 years. The rent was to be a peppercorn a year but he initially "received of Mrs. Dunn the sum of seventy pounds in full for the House and Land she has now fenced in belonging to me". After her death in 1872 the property was eventually assigned to Patrick Lappin, an engineer with the P.E.I. railway and the Lappin family lived in the house until well into the twentieth century.
- This house was once on the neighbouring Adams property and was occupied in 1850 by George Harris, master mariner. It was moved from the northern corner of the lot to its present site sometime after 1916.
- The Adams family of New London owned this land from the 1820s into the twentieth century. During that time, in 1872, William Adams leased to Charles McFarlane the corner property for 21 years and Mr. McFarlane agreed "to erect a flat roof house". It appears Mr. McFarlane reneged on the flat roof as, in 1875, builder William Wright constructed a house and shop for Mr. McFarlane, and it seems to be the gable roofed house there today.
- Turn right onto Water Street.
- The coming of the railway in 1872 not only changed the face of the south-eastern part of town, it triggered the province's entry into Confederation. The small Island sandstone building of 1876 was originally the office of the mechanical branch of the Prince Edward Island Railway and later became the brass house. The east side is especially interesting with a sculptured rope just above the date stone. The building now houses a Visitor Information Centre.