Stephen is a 9th generation descendant of the Hopewell Pecks, who settled here in 1765, coming from Attleborough, Massachusetts. He is a descendant of Thomas Calhoun who married Rachel Peck, daughter of Abiel Peck, in 1768.
In January 1989 the Holmstroms left Victoria BC, where they were both employed by the Provincial Government, and leaving behind four married children, Randy and Shelley in Victoria and Julie and Harley in Saskatoon, SK travelled across Canada in a rented van with all their possessions: their car on a trailer behind!
The land is part of a 100,000 acre grant given to Thomas Calhoun by King George III in appreciation of services rendered during the French and Indian Wars. He was a trapper and a trader in the area now known as Canton, Ohio. During this period, he became acquainted with General Haldimand, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army in North America. These officers settled along the south bank of the Petitcodiac River, in what is now Albert County, New Brunswick. Abiel Peck, who also had holdings in what is now Sackville, crossed over the Bay and acquired 5,500 acres of the Calhoun grant.
"Here lies interred the body of Abiel Peck, a native of Boston, and one of the first settlers of this place, who, on the 16th day of December, 1802, unfortunately perished in a boat, in the 73rd year of his age, leaving upwards of three-score descendants to lament his melancholy fate."
In 1995 they began major restoration of some of the original house which had been torn down in the 1970's. They cut timber on the property and brought in a portable sawmill to make their own lumber, including 10x10 and 4x8 beams.
They searched for old windows, doors, and moldings to incorporate into their addition to make it as authentic as possible.
We welcome to our home everyone who enjoys a warm, comfortable atmosphere, good homemade food, and lots of interesting conversation.