Charles Pillsbury Allen was born in Princeton, Massachusetts in 1805 and spent his childhood in Sterling, Massachusetts. C.P. Allen moved to Nova Scotia and established his furniture and bucket factories in Fall River. Here he met and married Catherine Rudolph. The two settled on 500 acres of land where they built a home and hobby farm. Allen named his property ”Waverley” in reference to the Waverley Novels by Sir Walter Scott and the area came to be known by the same name.