Whitehern Historic House & Garden
Whitehern Historic House & Garden, a National Historic Site was the former home of three generations of the McQuesten Family (1852-1968) of Hamilton, Ontario.
Prominently situated in a walled terraced garden, Whitehern is an outstanding example of an urban estate originally owned by a wealthy industrialist. The house today has a multi-layered character that reflects the alterations made by three generations of the McQuestens over the years as well as the family's shared interest in literature, history and gardening. It contains elements from many time periods - Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian - all overlaid with family possessions dating up to the death of the last family member in 1968.
Outstanding family contributions include: the establishment of 'McQuesten & Co.', the first iron foundry in Hamilton (later known as the 'Sawyer-Massey Co'); the development of the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and the Rainbow Bridge (in Niagara Falls); the establishment of McMaster University in Hamilton; the restorations of Old Fort Henry, Joseph Brant Museum and Fort George; and participation in the development of the Niagara Parks.
Renseignements sur les collections
The contents of Whitehern constitute an intact "assemblage" of domestic material culture uncontaminated by furnishings introduced from other households. In fact the Whitehern collection is solely made up of the family's original personal possessions including: their letters, documents, photographs, art, books, toys, furniture, dishes, carpets, clothing, light fixtures and wallcoverings. Essentially, Whitehern remains as it did when the family last lived here.
Nombre approximatif d'objets ou de spécimens dans la collection : 30,000+
Portions of the letters and photographs in the collection are available online at http://www.whitehern.ca
Electronic Records •
Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Metalwork, Silverwork or Goldwork •
Textiles or Tapestries
Média : Photography
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Toys and Games
Collections biologiques ou plantes et animaux
Agricultural or Domestic • Living Collections • Botany : Vascular Plants : Seed Plants
Guided tours with costumed staff illustrate the changing domestic lifestyle of a Victorian family entering the 20th Century. Highlighted in these tours are the significant McQuesten contributions within their community and its surroundings. Group bookings and a wide variety of educational programmes, lectures, workshops and special events are also available.
Services de recherche
Whitehern Historic House & Garden offers Educational Programmes specially geared for children (Kindergarten to Grade 8); young adults (High School); adults (College & University Level); and ESL (children to seniors).
Special Education Programmes are also offered to the Girl Guides of Canada & Scouts Canada.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Autre : "McQuesten's Childhood Christmas" (All Ages) Offered mid-November to early-January.
"An Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Experience" (All Ages) Offered all year except during "Christmas" season.
"ESL" (All Ages) Offered all year.
"Work & Play" (K - Grade 1) Offered all year except during "Christmas" season.
"Secret Garden" (K - Grade 3) Offered spring, summer and autumn.
"Liesure, Fun & Games" (Grades 2 - 8) Offered all year except during "Christmas" season.
"Changing Domestic Technologies" - with elements of WWI (Grades 5 - 8; High School) Offered all year except during "Christmas" season.
Girl Guides of Canada:
Brownies } All of the above appropriate to age group
Scouts of Canada:
Cubs } All of the above appropriate to age group
Information aux Visiteurs
Accessible by Public Transportation
Services de bénévoles
Volunteer Services Available
Nombre de bénévoles : 30
Tâches : Special events
Services de restauration
Liens touristiques locaux
Publications et produits
Images en vedette
Hilda & Ruby McQuesten with the dolls they received for Christmas 1882.
© Whitehern Historic House & Garden
The Hon. Thomas Baker McQuesten (far right) with Premier Mitch Hepburn (centre).
© Whitehern Historic House & Garden
41 Jackson Street West
Voir la carte
Ouvert : Labour Day to June 14th - 1:00 to 4:00 pm
June 15th to Labour Day - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Every Monday (including Holiday Mondays), Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years' Day AND Good Friday.
Droits d'entrée :
Adults $3.50, Seniors $3.00, Students $2.50, Children $2.00, Family $10.00, Children under 5 years are FREE, Complimentary admission to CMA & OMA members. Discounts for CAA/AAA members.