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Port Hope house tour

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

Brand Farm House - circa 1857 - is an example of a Victorian Gothic Revival Ontario farmhouse.

Brand Farm House - circa 1857 - is an example of a Victorian Gothic Revival Ontario farmhouse.


Two mansions are among the 10 properties on the highly popular and long-time running Port Hope House Tour, says co-chair Charles Wickett whose own property will be among the destinations this year.

One of the mansions is the Penryn Homestead which shares the same driveway with Penryn Park (and golf course) whose original house is like the other mansion on the tour, Dunain on Lakeshore Road, built in 1857. The latter has neoclassical features including a portico and conservancy, subsequently added to it, Wickett said.

The other properties on the tour inaugurated in 1964, include the Port Hope United Church, several Ontario cottages and two modern condos in The Pines, which was formerly Dr. Hawkins Public School, he said.

Wickett describes his home at 350 Lakeshore Road in Port Hope as a "Gothic Revival" farm house, 1 1/2 stories with a stone foundation and typical "ginger bread" features. He has owned it for nine years and been a member of the local Conservancy for six years.

"The Port Hope House Tour fundraiser supports the local Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) branch — all funds raised contribute to the preservation and restoration of our community's heritage buildings," states a media release about the event. "Due to the diligent work of this branch, Port Hope now boasts one of the finest inventories of historically important homes and buildings in Canada," it continues, announcing that tickets are available for the tour at $25 through area merchants and PayPal. Go to for details.

Wickett's co-chair this year is Blaise Gaetz who was unavailable for comment at press time.

Considered one of the province's most popular tours, the types of buildings span the gammet from historical residential and institutional to re-purposed industrial.

“The popular event attracts visitors from far and wide to view Port Hope's outstanding examples of vintage and contemporary architecture,” Wickett stated in the same release about this year's tour on Oct. 5.

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