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Dorothy's House Museum

Operated by the Port Hope and District Historical Society. The Museum is located in the scenic village of Garden Hill in Hope Township. The earliest settlers cleared the land in the 1830's.

The area developed into a farming community and the presence of the Ganaraska River made the development of saw, grain and woolen mills possible. Dorothy's House was built around 1869 when the property was bought by Taylor Wilson. Mr. Wilson built the home in his off hours with materials left over from his carpentry jobs on larger homes. Although small by many standards, the house demonstrates Victorian architecture, and many unique features.

Of special note are various pieces of furniture which have remained from previous owners, some of which were made by local craftsmen. In addition the Port Hope and District Historical Society displays many local artifacts donated to the Society by area residents. A period barn and drive shed constructed from the remnants of three structures are also on the property. These house agricultural and craftsman tools and are the sites of continuing restoration projects at the museum.

Open July/August 2023 by appointment only.

Contact Joan Ashby Parrott

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Download the Dorothy House Museum Brochure here.

The museum is located in the scenic village of Garden Hill, Ontario just north of Port Hope on the Ganaraska Road #3632. Follow the road signs on County Roads #9 & #10. It is easily accessible from Hwy 401, Hwy 28 and Hwy 115/35.

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