Eliakim Barnum emigrated from the United States in 1807 and settled near Grafton. Barnum later owned over 364 hectares (900 acres) of land, a thriving milling business, a tavern and a distillery. He was influential as a Justice of the Peace, a founder of Grafton’s St. George's Anglican Church, and Lieutenant-Colonel of the local militia. He also helped start the first township school. In 1819, Barnum built a stylish house that stands today as one of Ontario's finest examples of Neo-Classical architecture, with extensive detail and a delicate scale. The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario acquired Barnum House in 1940, refurbished it, and presented it to the Township of Haldimand, which later transferred it to the Ontario Heritage Trust.
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