Bonnet Hall

One of the most successful women in business in Fredericton at the end of the 19th century was Sarah Grace Young, who with her sister Eve established a very successful millinery business around 1883 which employed up to ten milliners (hat makers). 

222 Waterloo Row

Sarah married Peter MacDonald, and together in 1905 they completed this lavish house (located at 222 Waterloo Row) with its plethora of gabled dormers, fine wood trim and decorated bays, and named it after Peter’s home in Scotland: Glen Isla. Undoubtedly related to Sarah’s business, the house was actually better known to locals as Bonnet Hall.

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  1. Sarah Grace Young (my great-great-aunt) went by her middle name, Grace. This house was built with money she earned from her business, “The Misses Young,” which was located on Queen Street. Her husband was a clerk in her store. She travelled to Paris a number of times to find and purchase the most up-to-date millinery patterns. Several of Grace’s sisters were also in the millinery business, one of them in St. Stephen.

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