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Griffin House

Griffin House

Photos and transcription by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2012

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Plaque Location

The City of Hamilton
In Dundas, at 733 Mineral Springs Road
263 m west of Sulphur Springs Road
2.1 km south of Governors Road (Road 99)

Coordinates: N 43 14.137 W 80 00.178


Plaque Text

Built in 1827, this home is associated with Black settlement in British North America during the first half of the 19th century. Purchased in 1834 by Enerals Griffin, a Black immigrant from Virginia, it remained in his family for 154 years. More elaborate than most residences of Black settlers in this period and situated within a predominantly Euro-Canadian area rather than in an organized refugee community in southwestern Ontario, this house conveys the diversity of the Black settler experience. Griffin House is also a rare surviving example of residential vernacular architecture typical of Upper Canada in the early 19th century.



Other Plaques in Dundas
The Desjardins Canal
Dundas Mills
The Dundas Town Hall
The Founding of Dundas

Hamilton Plaques

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> Posted September 15, 2013
I have been told that there is a plaque in the Dundas area about the first school and teachers in Dundas. Is there such a plaque and if so could someone tell me where it is and if my Great Grandmother Edith Arthur Lothian's name is on that plaque.

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