'We all drink from wells we didn’t dig'

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Carter Jeffrey, centre, and his two brothers as children

Name a historic house on Prince Edward Island and chances are Carter Jeffrey can tell you all about it.

He loves all things old: books, antiques, and especially architecture. His fascination was born when he was a boy and his father would drive the dirt roads from their Alma farm to his uncle’s home in Loretta. During the drives his Dad would describe, in vivid detail, what it used to look like.

“There were no houses. I saw nothing, but my father was seeing memories; he saw an old schoolhouse, a post office, long-gone farms,” he explained. “It was a mystery to me. I became curious to learn more.”

So he did.

Jeffrey has spent his life reading and researching Island history and architecture and retracing his ancestors back 400 years to the Isle of Wight. He is the newest member of the Heritage Places Advisory Board another successful applicant through Engage PEI. Engage PEI helps Islanders apply to volunteer for more than 70 provincial government agencies, boards and commissions. 

“Old buildings are the character of a community,” he said. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone. To remember our past is to honor all of the people who worked hard to build our communities. We all drink from wells we didn’t dig.”

Jeffrey has built his career as a home designer for the last two decades. His clients appreciate his efforts to incorporate historic elements into the design of new houses.

As the eldest child in a family of seven, Jeffery grew up on a dairy and potato farm in West Prince. His interests include genealogy, travel, photography, and blogging about historic architecture

In 1998, he and his cousin published the Jeffery Family History, tracing roots back to 1538 England and the family’s immigration to PEI in 1809.

Jeffrey has received four PEI Museum Heritage Awards.  

He is the warden at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, a little country church in Alma, and is the fifth generation warden in his family. He’s an avid collector of antiques and loves going to auctions. He enjoys gardening and planting trees and has a large library of books, especially historic Island books.

His favorite book? The family Bible from 1752 that made the voyage overseas when his family immigrated to rural PEI.

To learn more about which agency, board or commission may fir your interests, visit Engage PEI.

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