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Ancaster’s Griffin House marks Emancipation Day

Griffin House will mark Emancipation Day by opening its doors to the public for free public tours and a preview of its new exhibition on African Canadian heritage in the region.

The event takes place on Friday, Aug. 1 between 1 and 4 p.m. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Emancipation Day commemorates the abolition of slavery in the British Empire as of Aug. 1, 1834.

Griffin House stands as a testament to the bravery and determination of black men and women who journeyed from the United States to southern Ontario. The unique National Historic Site is housed in a preserved early 19th century home, set on a hilltop overlooking the Dundas Valley. Visitors are invited to explore the history of Enerals Griffin and other early black settlers and enjoy a walk along nearby trails.

Griffin House is located at 733 Mineral Springs Road in Ancaster with parking at the nearby Hermitage, Hamilton Conservation Authority.  For more information, call Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum at 905-648-8144 or visit

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