Griffin House National Historic Site

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.

We are located at:
733 Mineral Springs Road, Dundas, Ontario L9H 5E3
Phone: 905-648-8144
Email: griffinhouse@hamilton.ca

Griffin House is open from July through September.

  • Sundays only from 1 to 4 pm
  • Open for Doors Open weekend

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.

Weddings at Dundurn

Field Trips - Teachers

Take a virtual tour

Social Gatherings - Rentals

Birthday Parties

Group Tours

Corporate Rentals


Events at Griffin House

Find a full listing of holiday events at all Hamilton Civic Museums

"You Can Get To Here From There"

In conjunction with February being Black History Month, join us for an Informative and Interesting talk by Nerene Virgin and Alan Smith as they reach back into Nerene's ancestral archives, into the depths of the lives and souls of her family. Experience this journey of people; a journey against prejudice; a journey of unflinching pride. Nerene Virgin is the great granddaughter of Thomas John Holland who escaped on the Underground Railroad from Maryland to Hamilton. Thomas Holland‘s son was Citizen of the Year for Hamilton in 1953. Free event.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Location: Ancaster Old Town Hall, 310 Wilson Street East in Ancaster


Museums Month Doors Open Partnership

Celebrate Hamilton's rich history and explore its architectural gems and undiscovered treasures. 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 is available at the nearby Hermitage Gatehouse parking lot. Free museum admission.
May 6 & 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, and 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