This magnificent estate in Hamilton, ON was completed in 1835 by architect Robert Charles Wetherell. The building totals 18,000 sq. ft. and took three years to build for $175,000. Once complete, it took no time at all for Dundurn Castle to gain a reputation for its lavish entertainment. In fact, Sir John A. Macdonald and King Edward VII are amongst its many frequent visitors.
The City of Hamilton purchased the estate property in 1900 and 60 years later, Dundurn underwent an extensive restoration process. The restoration coincided with the Canadian Centennial so it became known as one of the centennial projects. It has since gained designation as a National Historical Site of Canada.
Dundurn is now home to the Hamilton Military Museum. The outer building of the grounds now houses exhibits that tell the stories of people who lived in the area during the War of 1812. There is a specialty exhibit entitled Blood Ties to a Gentle Landscape that is used to showcase . It includes documentary evidence, period artifacts and stories passed down through generations. If you’ve ever wondered what the life of a soldier during this era was like, Dundurn invites you to explore the Hamilton And Scourge –Sunken Sunsetget a strong sense of what these battles were truly like for those involved.