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Hermitage Ruins
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created by Stewie on 4/27/2007 8:39 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 11/18/2022 4:46 AM
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The Hermitage was a large residence situated in Ancaster, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, which now exists as ruins and is part of The Hermitage and Gatehouse Museum maintained by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. The location is a popular destination for hikers and people interested in the paranormal.

Open to the public. The fences were removed after a restoration project was completed between 2015-16. Some of the less stable walls have been removed, the rest has been stabilized and restored, with a paved path in and around it for all to see and touch.
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Type: Outdoors
Status: Restored ruins
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
     Interesting Features
    Very old, partial structure remains. Beautiful location.
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     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.

    1822 – Lot 41/1 is purchased by Reverend George Sheed, built previous Hermitage off to the east of the current ruins.

    1833 – Otto Ives purchased lot 41/1 and named the lane The Hermitage, family of the famous Lovers Lane Story.

    1855 – Mr. George Gordon Brown Leith purchased The Hermitage lands, destroyed the Sheed/Ives home, building his summer home (The Hermitage) as well as a hobby farm.

    1902 – Alma Dick-Lauder purchased The Hermitage from siblings.

    1934 – The Hermitage suffers a devastating fire, Alma lives in a tent while building a smaller home in the ruins of the Hermitage.

    1942 – Alma lived on the property till she passed away.

    1948 – Property is sold to a Private Buyer.

    1972 – Hamilton Conservation Authority purchased The Hermitage lands from Mr. Charles Hill.

    1973-74 - 20 acres around the Hermitage Ruins were deemed a Historical Area.

    1990 – Hermitage Ruins and Gate house received Historical Designation.

    2016 – The deteriorating Hermitage Ruins underwent a $600,000 restoration.
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