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Post Ontario Stone Towns | DUNDAS and ANCASTER

HAMILTON NEIGHBOURHOODS:
CorktownDurandCentralDundasLocke St. SouthBurlingtonStinsonWestdaleSt. ClairKeithLandsdale
The DeltaGibsonJamesvilleConcession StreetDurand NorthDurand SouthOld Dundas HousesHess VillageBarton Street
AncasterNorth KirkendallSouth KirkendallMcMaster UniversityDowntownThe BayfrontThe North EndKenilworth
Mountain BrowTextile DistrictStrathconaNorth StipleyFlamboroughBeasleyChedokeStoney CreekThe Beach Strip


HAMILTON FEATURES:
C I T Y _ L I G H T SStone HamiltonTwilight of the Industrial AgeTwilight of the Industrial Age II
Stone in Dundas and AncasterGoodbye, Hamilton (from 43 floors up)Dirty BrickDay for Night
This broken down old city still manages to wake up every morning...Everywhere, Ontario< R - E - T - R - O >
HAMILTON | Scenes from the cutting room floorS U B U R B I A !Everywhere, OntarioHamilton Rowhouses
< H E A V Y <> I N D U S T R Y > Old Man Winter vs. Hamilton






Continuing my exploration of the stone structures of Hamilton's western suburbs, I now bring you Dundas and Ancaster. Although Dundas
is not primarily a stone town, it counts a substantial collection of fine stone buildings among one of the best 19th century housing stocks of
any town in Ontario. Stone is the predominant building material of old Ancaster, which sits on the escarpment above Dundas. Both towns were
settled in the late 1700s and Dundas once rivalled Hamilton for dominance at the head of Lake Ontario. Ancaster has always had a more
rustic village feel and has attracted many of Hamilton's wealthier citizens over the years. For a more general tour of each town, see these
threads:

Dundas: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=131127
Ancaster: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=140652

The last tour looked at the stone buildings of Greensville and Waterdown:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=159134

Stone buildgins of old Hamilton:
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=150491



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Stunning pictures. The scenery pictures were the best. Each one could be a postcard or desktop wallpaper.
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WOW! The fall foliage there is stunning.
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Thanks! This area is beautiful at all times of the year, but I really like the fall colour. The escarpment always changes colour early.
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nice tour. reminds me of Mountain Brook in Birmingham.

what's the story behind this one?



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nice tour. reminds me of Mountain Brook in Birmingham.

what's the story behind this one?


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The Hermitage has a lot of stories surrounding it.

The original Hermitage was built in the 1830s. It is said that the second owner was an English officer who had fought in the Greek War or Independence. He married the daughter of the Governor of an Aegean island and together with her niece, moved into the Hermitage. The coachman they hired fell in love with the niece. When he was rejected as a suitor by the family, he hanged himself at the Hermitage.

George Gordon Browne Leith, the second son of a Scottish Baronet, bought the Hermitage in 1853. Leith had the current house (whose ruins are seen in the picture) built in 1855 as a summer residence. It was a large stone mansion with several outbuildings and a gatehouse.

Leith's daughter, Eleanor Alma Dick Lauder, later purchased the house. She was an eccentric who lived alone in the home she grew up in. The house was destroyed by a fire in 1934. A small house was built in the ruins. Lauder lived there until her death in 1942.

The ruins of the Hermitage are in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and are managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. The gatehouse now serves as a museum.

The Hermitage is said to be haunted and is popular with ghost hunters.
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I was just at the Dundas Peak last week...it's awesome.
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The ruins of the Hermitage are in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and are managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. The gatehouse now serves as a museum.

The Hermitage is said to be haunted and is popular with ghost hunters.
I remember when I was 14 and me and two friends slept overnight with our sleeping bags at the site. It was a creepy and spooky night. None of us slept that night.
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great autumn photos!
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Thanks everyone!

This will be the last of the STONED series for now (at least until I get up to the Kingston area someday)

Here are the other STONED threads:

Guelph

Hamilton

Flamborough

St. Marys

Galt

Elora

Fergus
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