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“Thought would be there for 20 mins, but was an hour”

Whitehern Historic House and Garden
Ranked #27 of 175 things to do in Hamilton
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

The guide is what made this a great place, she was extremely thorough in giving us the background of the family that owned it through the years. What makes this place so great is that the family and various other characters stored virtually everything they had in the attic so that there are not only furniture pieces but also apparently thousands of letters which the guide was very familiar with.

50% of the value is in seeing the place itself, and 50% is the guide's information.

Thank Gibralter56
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

This location, the house and coach building are an outstanding reflection of the history of the time and people in the Hamilton area. The sad part is that there were no family heir to carry on the active life within this house.

My daughter had her wedding in the gardens and most of the guests toured the house during chair/table re-arrangement. They all enjoyed the tour, the knowledgeable staff and the history.

Slightly hidden behind the city hall, free parking on weekends.

Thank Retired_Traveler_7
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Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I loved our guided tour of Whitehern House. Joe was the individual working that day and I can't say enough about his knowledge on the family and house. We were so taken with the history of the place that later on that evening i spent quite a bit of time reading through all of the letters posted on line at whitehern.ca and drawing out the family tree for my daughter. The grounds are beautiful as is the house. We will be back!

Thank Travelbug2006_13
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

One of Hamilton Civic Museums - and a previous residence of one of the city's wealthier families of generations past. This July an event was organized and held for anyone that is a fan of the English period television series - Downton Abbey.
Although the time in which the series takes place is more modern than the era that the mansion in Hamilton was first built; and lived in by generations of McQueston's ( professions included doctor(s) and lawyer(s)) .... the house and its artifacts portray a gentile era in time similar in the stories of both these families.
The garden of the walled property located near Hamilton City Hall is free for anyone to stroll through. It is lovely border garden ( English in style ) with a flagstone patio.
The event was a garden party - some participants came dresses in Victorian-style dresses and fancy wide brimmed hats for the occasion. The event was so well attended and enjoyed that many are hoping a similar event can be held again during the summer or autumn months.
The house is not wheel chair friendly - or - easy to get around to someone with problems walking or climbing stairs. The garden is accessible to all.

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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful home, artifacts and story. We found this very interesting. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The garden is beautiful (and free). Would recommend for adults and older children.

1  Thank Merrob
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