Holman's Ice Cream Parlour
Holman's Ice Cream Parlour and Heritage Suites opened its doors in July 2016. The Meister family purchased the historical Holman Homestead in January 2015 and completely renovated the inside and gave it new life and vibrancy. Holman's is now a premium Prince Edward Island destination for homemade gourmet ice cream, delicious deserts, and two beautiful heritage executive suites.
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.
FACTS ABOUT THE PROPERTY
- 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
The Holman Homestead Garden was founded during the 1870s by Ellen Holman (wife of Robert Holman). Mrs. Holman, at that time, wished to have the most up to date garden in terms of style at that time. Queen Victoria having taken the throne three decades prior was now making her mark on the whole of the era (known as the Victorian era) thus the most popular style at this time was Victorian. The garden, having been continually maintained by Ellen until her death in 1939 (partially as a testament to her late husband) continued to be maintained by her daughters (Carrie and Gladys Holman) and then throughout the plethora of owners since then. This makes the Holman Homestead's Garden one of the oldest, if not the oldest, continually maintained Victorian Style Gardens in North America.
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 during August.
Open Daily in the Summer ~ July 2 to September 3, 2016
Monday to Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Admission by donation