Pursuing a childhood dream of picking blueberries on land formerly owned by Abiel Peck, Stephen Holmstrom returned to New Brunswick in 1989. Leaving behind four married children, Stephen and his wife Elaine left Victoria, BC, in 1989 with their youngest son Christopher. The three travelled across Canada in a rented van with all their possessions to come to their new home: the “Old Peck Place.” Elaine had never been east of Saskatchewan, the place of her birth.
Stephen is the 9th-generation descendant of Abiel Peck through his mother Kathleen, née Calhoun Harper. Abiel settled in Albert County in 1765. It is believed that the original home of Abiel was in the Holmstrom’s blueberry fields across from their house (Peck Colonial House) in Hopewell Hill.