Holman Homestead Museum 

The house is valued for its well preserved architectural elements; its historical association with the history of the Roman Catholic Church in Summerside; the history of the family of R.T. Holman; and for its contribution to the streetscape. 

You are invited for a visit to discover the life of one of Summerside's most influential businessmen Robert Tinson Holman (1833-1906). In addition, the Holman garden was once well known in the town. Some have suggested the Holman Garden is one of the oldest, continuously maintained Victorian gardens in North America.   

"beautiful Holman Homestead Flower Gardens... the pride of the town."

Presented by Summerside & Area Historial Society (est. 1982), a not-for-profit organization with a purpose of promoting and encouraging an interest in the history of the Summerside area. 



  • Built around 1855 by Thomas Beattie
  • Constructed as a parochial or priest’s house
  • Purchased by Robert Holman in 1864
  • He and his wife, Ellen, raised 10 children there
  • Two large additions: a library in the 1880s and kitchen wing
  • P.E.I. Heritage Foundation acquired the property in 1972


Open Daily in the Summer ~ July 2 to September 3, 2016
Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Admission by donation


Historic Walking tours

Tours will begin and end at the gardens of the Holman Ice Cream Parlour at 286 Fitzroy Street, Summerside. They will last for approximately 45 minutes. These tours will be offered twice daily from Monday through Friday at 1:00pm and 3:00pm.



286 Fitzroy Street

Summerside, PE 

Phone: (902) 439-4387