Historic Houses of the GTA
Explore trails & gardens while you experience the GTA’s past through its historic homes, inns and grand residences. Looking for a staycation tour list? This #VisitList is filled with a weekend worth of exploration!
Step into 1867 at Black Creek Villiage, an immersive historical site. Explore a log house in Brampton. Tour a cottage & view Toronto of the past through the watercolour art at Colborne Lodge. Marvel at the early 1900’s architecture of Adamson Estate. Enjoy the gardens and trails surrounding Montgomery ‘s Inn. Learn about Mississauga heritage at The Grange.
Discover. Learn. Stroll. Relax.
William and Mossie Bovaird, wanting to ensure the preservation of a reminder of our pioneer past, donated the house to the City of Brampton in 1985. The circa 1852 Historic Bovaird House, a classic five-bay Georgian-style farmhouse sits in a two-acre park-like setting along with the circa 1845 Pendergast Log House. The early log building was relocated to the Bovaird property in 2015.
At Black Creek Pioneer Village, discover 40 historic buildings, 70 rare and heritage breed animals. It’s like walking into 1867,
highlights the historical role played by the Inn as a tavern, farm, local gathering place, and community hub in the development and history of Etobicoke. The site is located in Thomas Riley Park which includes wildflower gardens, trails, a lawn bowling facility, tennis courts, playgrounds, and a community garden.
A delightful testimony to life in the early years of settlement, “The Grange” tells its story through the number of memorable personalities who have lived here over the years. “The Grange” was built for Sir John Beverley Robinson, the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada, sometime between 1828 and 1833, for the dual purpose of being a government office and a rural retreat from his rigorous professional schedule. The Ontario Regency style of architecture and the high-quality craftsmanship reflect the status of its original owner.
Located nearby to Port Credit, the property of the “Grove Farm” (Adamson Estate) was initially granted by The Crown to Joseph Cawthra circa 1808. The barn was built in 1875 and is the oldest structure on the property. The gatehouse, built in 1905, would have had a driveway leading up to the house running through the archway. As a wedding gift Henry Cawthra gave the estate to his daughter Mabel Cawthra and her husband Lt. Col. Agar Adamson in 1900. Mabel and Agar replaced the original 1866 house in 1919. Their estate house was designed by Sproatt and Rolph and its style was inspired by Flemish architecture that Agar had seen during his service in the First World War. Anthony Adamson, the grandson of Mabel and Agar, became the owner in 1943. Anthony designed the second house that stands on the property.
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