Barnum House opens on June 9 for the summer season

    GRAFTON, ON, June 9 /CNW/ - Barnum House opened today for the 2007 summer
season. This National Historic Site - the former home of Eliakim Barnum, a
prominent member of the community in the early 1800s - is one of Ontario's
finest examples of neo-classical architecture.
    "We are pleased that visitors will be able to experience and enjoy the
history of Barnum House this summer," said The Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "This house tells the story
of a family and of the development of a community; it's a wonderful part of
our heritage."
    Eliakim Barnum immigrated to Haldimand Township from the United States
around 1807 and subsequently opened a tavern, a small distillery and a grist
mill. The successful entrepreneur built his home in 1819, adding 900 acres of
adjoining farmland by 1820. The home's design was influenced by American
architecture that was popular in the New England states at the beginning of
the 19th century.

    Barnum House is located in Grafton, Ontario, east of Cobourg,
approximately two hours east of Toronto. The site is open from June 9 to
August 31, Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., including Canada Day and
the Civic Holiday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under 16.
    Coinciding with today's opening, Waddington's Brighton hosted a
fundraising auction at the house to support ongoing programming at the site.
Northumberland Publishers was the media sponsor for the event. In addition to
the funds raised at the auction, the Trust received a donation from the W.
Garfield Weston Foundation and from a private estate to support the opening of
the site this summer.
    Barnum House is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, the
province's lead heritage agency. The Trust is dedicated to identifying,
preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's built, cultural and natural
heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:,

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