Media Advisory - Barnum House opens June 12

GRAFTON, ON, June 8 /CNW/ -

     dates:    Saturday, June 12 to Sunday, September 5, 2010
    Hours of   Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open Canada Day (July
    operation: 1) and the Civic Holiday (August 2)
    Location:  On Highway 2 at Barnum House Road in Grafton, 10 minutes east
               of Cobourg
    Admission: $3 for adults
               $1.50 for children (up to 16)
               Free for children under 4
    Contact:   For media inquiries:
               Catrina Colme
               Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist
               Ontario Heritage Trust
               Telephone: (416) 325-5074

               For group bookings, contact the site directly at 905-349-2656
               or email for information.

Come to Barnum House this summer for guided tours and special events. This historic home is one of Ontario's finest examples of neoclassical architecture.

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, approximately two hours east of Toronto. This National Historic Site is owned and operated by the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

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SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: For further information: For media inquiries: Catrina Colme, Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, Email:, Website:

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