Myrtleville House is a charming early 19th century homestead just outside Brantford, Ontario. A beautiful and substantial example of an historic farmstead built in the Georgian tradition with Classic Revival style influences, Myrtleville House is set atop a picturesque knoll on five acres of wooded parkland. Built by Francis Pickle and R.S. Stevens in 1837-8 for Allen and Eliza Good, the house tells the story of four generations of the Good family and their remarkable influence on development, politics and agriculture in this part of Ontario. The magnificent wood frame farmstead is a focal point of the site, which also features period gardens, a workshop with blacksmith forge and icehouse, a smoke house, and a bake oven.
The Good family was known for encouraging advances in agriculture in the region. The unusual and pioneering octagonal silo on the grounds, built in 1902, is a reminder of their progressive approach. One of the most renowned members of the family is Tom and Mary’s only son William, who was one of the founders of the United Farmers' Cooperative of Ontario in 1914. It was William’s children who led the restoration of Myrtleville House in the 1960s – a project which involved the entire family. Recognizing the importance of the property to the local community, Myrtleville House, its contents and immediate grounds were deeded to the Heritage Canada Foundation in 1978 to be held in trust for the nation.
Since 2008, the Brant Historical Society has offered interpretive tours, special events and exhibits, family and school programs and a summer camp at Myrtleville House.
It is a must-see stop for those touring this part of southern Ontario, which is rich in history and heritage with many nearby historic sites including the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, the Six Nations Reserve tourism building, the Brant Museum and Archives, and the historic port town of Port Dover on nearby Lake Erie.
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