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April 25, 2006
For immediate release

City Business Featured on National Web Site

Community and Cultural Affairs

The Merchantman Pub, housed in the historic Peake-Carvell building in Charlottetown, has been featured this month on the web site of the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The business was selected to highlight the theme of heritage buildings which are locations for successful businesses.

Peter Hyndman, proprietor of the Merchantman, said that the past use of the building was very important to his business which derives its name from the maritime heritage of the area. The community pub has a distinct heritage theme related to the historic use of the building as a wholesale merchants shop on the busy waterfront.

Elmer MacFadyen, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs congratulated Hyndman in the Legislature noting that the business was an excellent example of how heritage preservation can be combined with entrepreneurship. “We have in our heritage structures an excellent resource for cultural tourism, and I am encouraged when I see business taking advantage of these resources. The best way for buildings to survive is to continue to be used.”

The Peake-Carvell Building, built in 1856 has been protected under Charlottetown’s heritage by law and is a listed building on the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The Register is a joint project of the Government of Canada and all of the provinces and territories.

The full story on the Merchantman as well as other heritage places can be seen at

Media Contact: Harry Holman
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