"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Friday, June 3, 2011

Historic Barnum House Museum opens June 4

GRAFTON, Ontario, June 2, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Join us this summer at the historic Barnum House for another season of guided tours and special events! Approximately two hours east of Toronto, Barnum House Museum is located in Grafton, in the beautiful setting of Northumberland County.

At Barnum House, visitors can explore furnished rooms throughout the historic home. The house was built in 1819 by Eliakim Barnum, who was a successful entrepreneur. Barnum immigrated to Haldimand Township from the United States around 1807 and subsequently opened a tavern, a small distillery and a grist mill. By 1820, after the house was built, he added 900 acres of adjoining farmland. The home's design was influenced by American architecture that was popular in the New England states at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, it remains one of Ontario's finest examples of neoclassical architecture.

Barnum House is a National Historic Site owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

Hours of operation:

Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open Canada Day (July 1) and the Civic Holiday (August 1)


$3 for adults
$1.50 for seniors and children (up to age 16)
Free for children under 4

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