December 8, 2023

Barnum House Open This Weekend

Rob Mikel and Des Conacher will be on site to tell you all about it

Article by Valerie MacDonald/Image by TAP

Take a step back in time with your family this weekend.

There is a free tour of the early 19th-century Barnum House on County Road 2 this Saturday, June 18,  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The building is designated a National Historical Site by Parks Canada. 

Located on County Road 2, west of Grafton, event organizers will be offering free native plants and hosting children’s activities.

Considered part of local celebrations for National Garden Day, the event will be hosted by the Grafton Horticultural Society, known by many as The Grafton Greenthumbs.

The house tours are 1/2 hour long and local historian, Rob Mikel and Des Conacher, will share information about the structure which is considered an example of Neoclassical architecture.

It was built by American Empire Loyalist, Colonel Eliakim Barnum over a two-year period, from 1817 to 1819.

In addition, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Cobourg East Northumberland branch, Barnum House Committee will be serving strawberry tea from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets will be $10  for adults and $5 for children — cash only, please.

For info on this National Historic Site, go to:

Top photo was captured in 2020. This photo was taken in 1985. Parks Canada image.


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