Ancaster – My Top 6 Picks

Ancaster, Ontario – My Top 6 Picks

The earliest European settlers to arrive and clear land in the mid-18th century in what would eventually become Ancaster were made up of American farmers traveling north searching for arable land, French-speaking fur traders, and British immigrants.  Also arriving into this area around 1787 with the incentive of inexpensive land grants were the United Empire Loyalists loyal to the British crown who were fleeing from the United States after the 1776 American War of Independence.  Britain’s promise of free land brought many people who did not exhibit the same loyalty to the crown as the Loyalists. This eventually led to a series of defections, accusations and treasonous acts during the War of 1812 that precipitated the largest mass hangings in Canadian history, the so-called Bloody Assizes whose trial took place in Ancaster in 1814.

#535 – Gothic Revival style with center gable

Wilson Street – limestone building, gingerbread trim, second floor verandah

375 Wilson Street East – Rousseau House – built in 1838 by George Brock Rousseau, postmaster of Ancaster for ten years

311 Wilson Street East – Italianate, belvedere, paired cornice brackets

117 Wilson Street West – c. 1855 – Gothic Revival, two-storey red brick house, verge board trim and finials on gables, corner quoins, bay windows

Wilson Street West – two-storey red brick, second floor balcony under gable which has stenciling on the verge board trim, dormer, bric-a-brac on lower porch