Niagara has many historic houses. Some were built by prominent politicians and office holders who made significant contributions through their work, both locally and nationally. Others were home to United Empire Loyalists, poets, and merchants. Each house has a unique history.
This exhibit will look at some of the houses that, for the most part, remain intact today. Several have witnessed the events of the War of 1812. Other homes have ties to criminal activity, including a house that was part of a murder mystery. One house contained underground tunnels that were possibly used for illicit activities. And another home was painstakingly dismantled, transported to another town, and eventually reconstructed in its original village. The following pages recount the fascinating histories of these homes and their residents.