I love historic houses; they are just brimming with character and stories to tell. Allan Macpherson House in Napanee is no different. So if you’re in the area and have an hour to spare, check it out. Admission is by donation and it really doesn’t take that long to see the entire house so why not? And the staff are super friendly and eager to answer any questions you may have, no matter how weird or stupid.
It was built around 1826 and is one of the oldest houses still standing in Ontario. It originally belonged to Allan Macpherson, a prominent citizen in Napanee in the 1800s. He was Napanee’s first post master, a magistrate, Major of the Lennox Militia, land agent and the list goes on. He operated grist mills and saw mills, a distillery and general store. He was a pioneer of the printing press, builder of schools and established the Agricultural Society. And it doesn’t end there; he was also involved in building the toll road and rail line and helped several denominations secure land to build churches. Whew! Now that was a busy man!
Something ominous lives down there I’m sure of it. It’s just waiting down there, slightly out of sight, waiting for some unsuspecting person to make their way down, then BAM! There goes your leg. It’s not like you needed it. Better to give it to the dark demon basement dweller that was a little peckish.
But I digress, here’s the view from the second floor of the back yard.
Isn’t it peaceful?