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Captain John Champion House

342 - Route 152, Northport, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2010/03/11

Showing front elevation; Alberton Historical Preservation Foundation, 2009
Showing front elevation
Archive image of house, 1971; Alberton Museum Collection
Archive image of house, 1971
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Other Name(s)

Captain John Champion House
Fraser House

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Construction Date(s)

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/04/07

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

This one-and-one-half storey Victorian Plain style house features a gable roof with central chimney. It is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the community of Northport and is located on a small lot about one hundred metres from the Northport Wharf with a panoramic view of Cascumpec Bay, Oulton's Island, and the sandhills.

Heritage Value

The house is valued for its historical association with Captain John Champion and other residents of Northport.

Captain John Champion (1847-1921) resided in this house with his wife, Sarah Rogers, and their three daughters, Kate, Ellie, and Blanche, who would later marry Rev. W.J. Phillips.

Champion had a cooperage shop and owned the vessel, "Sarah Pierre" as well as the "Sch. Express" which had been built in Essex, Massachusetts in 1884. He also managed the Canadian National Railway freight shed at the railway wharf.

When the schooner, the "A.J. McKeen" was wrecked nearby in November 1906, he organized the lifeboat crew who rescued the survivors. He later lobbied the federal government to establish the Sea Rescue Station in Northport.

After 1921, the property was purchased by William Aubrey, a boat builder. In 1957, it was owned by Upton (Charlie) Fraser. The current owner purchased it in 2009.

Source: Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
File #: 4310-20/A46

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the house is shown in the following character-defining elements:

- the one-and-one-half storey massing
- the wood frame and wood shingle cladding
- the gable roof
- the central brick chimney
- the off centre vestibule on the front elevation
- the single storey kitchen extension at the back of the house



Prince Edward Island

Recognition Authority

Province of Prince Edward Island

Recognition Statute

Heritage Places Protection Act

Recognition Type

Registered Historic Place

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Culture and Heritage Division, PEI Department of Tourism and Culture, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8 File #: 4310-20/A46

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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