Peter Fraser, a fur trader, came to New Brunswick from Scotland in 1784 and prospered. In 1791 he built this large residence with a store at the upper end on Queen Street in Fredericton, calling it “Cambourne House.”
In 1893 the honourable J.J. Fraser took over the property. At this time it was renamed Farraline Place after the original Fraser estate in Scotland. Lieutenant Governor Fraser died in Italy in 1896. His widow, J.N. Pauletta Fraser lived in the home until her death in 1907. She left the house in the hands of trustees to be used as a home for elderly ladies, widows, unwed mothers and children.
The dormers and overmantles of the windows are late 19th century additions, but the exterior of Farraline Place is still very much a Georgian/Loyalist arrangement and the interior preserves much of its 18th century elegance.
In 1919, the New Brunswick branch of the Kings Daughters and Sons decided to carry out her wishes and in June 1921 the J.J. Fraser Farraline Home was officially opened, dedicated by His Lordship, Bishop Richardson of Fredericton. welcoming all elderly persons, both women and men.
In 1988, the Anglican Church Women of the Diocese of Fredericton took over ownership the home which was then incorporated under the laws of New Brunswick as a non-profit company for the purposes of providing a home for elderly citizens. Operating and periodic capital costs are funded through on-going rental income, occasional fund raising events and private donations gratefully accepted as charitable donations.
Today there are twenty residents at the J.J. Fraser Farraline Home.
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