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The Asa Wolverton House

Asa Wolverton House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Asa Wolverton House

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Asa Wolverton House

Photo Source - Judy Acri-Courtemanche

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
In Paris, on the east side of Grand River Street South
across from Burwell Street

Coordinates: N 43 11.481 W 80 22.755


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Plaque Text

This house and the adjoining structure were built by Asa Wolverton, a native of Cayuga County, New York, who had immigrated to Upper Canada in 1826. About 1832 he settled in Paris, where he erected sawmills and became a prosperous lumber dealer and contractor. Wolverton acquired this site in 1851 and soon constructed an outstanding residence of stuccoed frame. Designed in a classical manner, the house is distinguished by the entrance portico and the attached storage-wing with its carriage-house. This alignment of structures, often employed in the New England States and the Maritimes, was rarely used in this province and is here adapted to a steeply sloping site. Wolverton resided in the house until his death in 1861.

Related Ontario plaques
Reverend Newton Wolverton
Wolverton Hall



Other Plaques in Paris
"King" Capron 1796-1872
Syl Apps (1915-1998)

Brant County Plaques

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> Posted February 27, 2014
I am so glad this very important historic home is being lovingly restored.

> Posted June 8, 2010
The Asa Wolverton House is now under full Historic Restoration including the repair of the cobblestone wall and smoke house. This home was purchased by the Courtemanche family three years ago and while the progress is slow, all the history and architectural details are studied carefully and applied to the restoration. This is estimated to be a ten year project. In the meanwhile, the Carriage House is used as a Bed and Breakfast welcoming people from all over the world. Members of the Wolverton Family tells us that this house was a safe haven for the Freed slaves that came to Canada via the underground railroad. The Cobblestone Smoke house is an interesting feature on the property. The main stable (lower level of the barn) is still in its original 1850 state with the stalls and water trough still in place.

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