Griffin House (Ancaster)

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Griffin House
Griffin House Ancaster 2010.jpg
Griffin House in 2010
Location Ontario, Canada
Nearest city Hamilton

Original use House
Current use House museum
Governing body Hamilton Conservation Authority
Designated 2008

Griffin House is a house built in 1827 by Englishmen in Ancaster. It was purchased by an African-American escaped slave in 1834 who also had enough cash to purchase 50 acres.[1] It offers Underground Railroad tours and history-related programs.

Griffin House was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 2008. The house is a rare surviving example of a four-room house typical in Upper Canada in the early 19th century. It was owned by Enerals Griffin, an African American guest worker from Virginia who escaped to Canada in 1834.[2]

Griffin House interior

For the next 150 years, their descendents lived and farmed here atop a hill in peace. The property was sold to the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority in 1988. Public visitation and interpretation is offered by Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum.


Coordinates: 43°14′10″N 80°00′01″W / 43.2361°N 80.0004°W / 43.2361; -80.0004