Thursday 17 September saw us leave the Toronto Metro area and heading to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
At the west end of Lake Ontario is the city of Hamilton, where Dundurn Castle is located.
Sitting high above Burlington Bay, the house was built by Sir Allan McNab in the 1830s. The main entrance portico was added in the 1850s. At the time of our visit the portico was being restored.
Inside the Main Entrance hallway is a tiled floor with the walls papered.
In the drawing room there is a eight-seater double sided sofa.
Upstairs are the family rooms. Sir Allan and Lady McNab had suites and a nursery for their daughters. Guest rooms were also provided.
Sir Allan McNab had a suite of rooms including a bedroom and a connected dressing. A desk was provided so that he could deal with business as a appropriate.
The Nursery was originally for Sophie and Minnie McNab, with their bedrooms connected. As they got older, it was used more for practising lessons and needlework.
In her latter years, Lady McNab was confined to her room. She seldom left her room and only occaisionaly left her bed for a chair. Over her bed was a table she could use for eating and writing made of polished wood.
In the centre of the basement there were a number of storage rooms, preseved food was kept in jars in the wet larder.
As the family travelled around, space was provided to store the trunks that were used to transport their belongs.
At the west end of the basement is the kitchen. Sir Allan provided an open hearth fireplace for roasting , etc, whilst there is a more modern iron stove for baking.
Next to the kitchen is the Scullery, where all the washing up was done.
In the Dairy, milk from the estate cows was stored and processed, into butter, cheese, etc.
In the laundry, all the equipment for cleaning and ironing clothes is located – irons, mangle, drying racks, etc.
To the northeast of the estate is a white building. In the first instance the casual visitor would believe it to be a summer house, where the ladies would sit in the summer. However, it has a more sinister purpose. It is thought that “The Cockpit” was built to allow the gentlemen to engage in the 18th century “sport” of cock fighting.
At the west end of Dundurn, Sir Allan built a dovecote. At Dundurn, this was used to breed pigeons for eggs and meat to be used in the kitchen, whilst the droppings where used as fertiliser in the garden.