This heritage home was built and aggrandized over the years 1835 to 1856 by Daniel, Charles & Hugh McMillan, members of one of the founding families of the Village of Erin. From the hand made brick to the gingerbread scroll-work to the wood trim to the quarried foundation stones, all elements of this Victorian home have been meticulously maintained. The fact that it still stands after 180 years is a testament to the craftsmen of their time. Note; The dark stain creeping its' way to the roof peek is caused from Creosote soaking through the brick from decades of chimney smoke. The Chimneys are long gone but their history remains.
Originally, this property was part of 200 acres of Crown land that Abraham Nelles, a land surveyor, militia officer and member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada, claimed in 1820. In 1836, Daniel McMillan, son of Scottish settler Donald McMillan, purchased the acreage from Nelles. Daniel McMillan is widely regarded as having been responsible for the growth of the village of Erin, assisted by his brothers, Hugh and Charles. In 1835 Daniel & wife Mary McLaughlin moved into a new home near a sawmill that he had constructed across from the dam on Charles Street (our house ) and subsequently became the first villagers of Erin. In 1846 Daniel sold 100 acres to his brother, Charles. By 1856 Charles had added the larger 2 storey addition to the original one bedroom abode creating the magnificent Victorian home you see today. In 1861 Charles sold the property to Alfred Hood, a local general store owner at that time. This property on Union Street, once named Pallisades has had more owners than you can count on both hands and feet and we are proud to be the latest in, what we hope to be a continuing line of caretakers..Jim & Audrey