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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Ancaster > Hermitage Ruins
Hermitage Ruins
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created by Stewie on 4/27/2007 8:39 AM
last modified by phrenzee on 4/4/2011 8:17 PM
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
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Ancaster, Ontario
Owner: Hamilton Conservation Authority
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  •  Hazards
  • what little is left of the structure is incredibly unstable and of course the GHOSTS!BOOGABOO
  •  Interesting Features
    Very old, partial structure remains. Beautiful location.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • Various Park staff are in and around the structure often.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1855
    Closed: 1934
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    "From the historical plaque on-site":


    The Hermitage had several owners before it was acquired by George Gordon Browne Leith in 1855.

    Mr. Leith, a wealthy Irish-born Scottish immigrant, settled his family on the land because of it's proximity to the priveleges of the British upper class establishment in the Hamilton area. It was also a fitting location because it's rolling hills and gentle streams brought back emotional memories of the Scottish landscape. He built a large stone house with limestone quarried from the property. The Leith's used the Hermitage as a summer residence and spent the winters in either Hamilton or Scotland.

    Eleanor Alma Dick-Lauder, the only one of the five Leith children to be born in Canada, was devoted to her family's home. Even after it's destruction by fire in 1934, she built a modest house within it's ruins and lived there alone until her death in 1942. The ruins of the Hermitage, found on the Headwaters Trail, are all that remain of the graceful splendour of the Leith estate.

    The gatehouse museum, part of the original estate, housed the gatekeeper and his family. It now exhibits artifacts excavated from the ruins which tell the story of the Leith family.
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    Spring 2007
    Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
    posted by Stewie
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    Logtec's night, 07
    Sat, Mar 29th, 2008
    posted by logtec
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    First Trip
    Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
    posted by unlisted
    10 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 4/4/2011 8:41 PM.

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  • on Apr 4 11 at 20:41, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Apr 4 11 at 20:17, phrenzee changed the following: City
  • on May 20 09 at 8:17, Steed validated this location
  • on May 20 09 at 4:23, e-photog changed the following: Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy
  • on Jan 3 09 at 15:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jan 3 09 at 3:37, Emperor Wang moved this gallery into this location
  • on Jul 25 08 at 6:36, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 29 08 at 3:16, logtec updated gallery picture April 08 084
  • on Mar 29 08 at 3:13, logtec added some pictures to a gallery
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