Visit this preserved early 19th century home, set on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Dundas Valley. Explore the history of Enerals Griffin and other early Black settlers, and enjoy a walk along nearby trails.
There is no cost to visit Griffin House. We accept and appreciate donations to keep the house open for tours.
Location & hours
The purchase of a $175 permit is required for all outdoor photography involving 10 or more people. Please call the museum to book your time.
Events at Griffin House
We host a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions at Griffin House throughout the year. No two trips are ever the same!
Museums Month Doors Open Partnership
Celebrate Hamilton's rich history and explore its architectural gems and undiscovered treasures. The Griffin House is recognized as an important Canadian Black History site. It is included among several sites in the Central Ontario Network for Black History and stands as a testament to the bravery and determination of black men and women who journeyed to freedom in Southern Ontario. The museum is also an excellent example of Ancaster's early history, preserved in a simple 1.5-storey house just west of the Hermitage Ruins. Parking at nearby Hermitage Gatehouse parking lot. Free event.
Saturday, May 6 & Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Emancipation Day at Griffin House
Join us at the historic Griffin House and discover how Enerals Griffin, one of the first African-American settlers in Ancaster, & his Family, lived in the late1830’s on a farm in Upper Canada. Learn about local Black History in the Hamilton area. Free event.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Time: 1 to 4 pm
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