The Homestead 1867 | 36 Melville Street, Dundas (ON) L9H 1Z8 | Phone 289-238-8720 | E-mail info@thehomestead1867.ca

    About us

    In 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Canada. There was a unique
    opportunity for my spouse Jan Willem to connect with a research group
    at McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital. I am a social
    worker by background who decided to start a Bed & Breakfast in Dundas.
    When we arrived in Canada we first rented a house. In 2010 we bought
    the Homestead 1867. It has 3 floor levels. The main floor and the attic
    are part of the B&B. We live on the lower level.

    The Homestead 1867 was built in the same year of the Confederation
    of Canada. It is a heritage house with history and owned by one family
    for 4 generations. It is a pleasure to share the history with you. This
    B&B is an ideal place for a short break or longer stay in the Heritage
    District of Dundas. It is just a few steps to a great variety of shops
    and restaurants. McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital
    are is a short 10 minutes drive away from our house. Dundas Valley is
    very attractive for all kinds of outdoor activities.

    I look forward to welcoming you at the Homestead 1867.

 

Your Host,

Ton de Kok
The Homestead 1867 B&B
36 Melville Street
Dundas, ON, L9H 1Z8
(001)-289-238-8720

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The History of The Homestead 1867

   
 


The homestead 1867 at 36 Melville Street is a fine example
of limestone construction and architecture typical to
Dundas, enhancing the Melville streetscape. The most
distinctive feature is the very attractive porch. It reflects
the ideals of an English interior designer who invented this
popular decorative style of ornamentation for houses of
various styles. The house has gothic, classical and very
decorative elements. This house can be classified as
'Picturesque'. The house is constructed of finely cut stone
on the front facade giving a very solid appearance. The sides
and raised basement are of irregular and rough stone finish.

 
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The first owner of the house was Thomas Wilson and his
wife Agnes Jardine. In 1843 he immigrated from Scotland
to Canada and settling in Dundas a year later. Thomas
Wilson was very active in many town organizations,
serving on the Town Council for many years, being mayor
in the years 1876 to 1878 and again in 1885. In the mid
1860's Thomas and his wife journed back to their native
Scotland where they commissioned an architect to draw
up plans for the home that now stands at 36 Melville Street.

 
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When entering the house from Melville Street, the front
foyer has an inner door of stained and etched glass. In
1867 the central hall was flanked by a large room on
either side at the front and another two rooms at the
back. These were four bedrooms with fireplaces and
centre ornate medallions in the front room of the ceiling.
A centre stairway descended down to the kitchen and
dining areas.

 
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Today the Valley bedroom and elegant living room are
at the front, with the dining room and Garden bedroom
at the back, while the centre stairways has been removed.
In 2015 two modern bathrooms were installed. The ground
floor has now a two bedroom apartment with a large kitchen
and dining area and a living room with fireplace. The brick side
addition contains nowadays a modern kitchen which will be
used to serve the Bed & Breakfast guests.


Courtesy Clare and Shirley Crozier

 

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