Nelles Manor Museum
Nelles Manor Museum celebrated its grand opening in 2016. The Manor was built between 1788 and 1798 in the settlement at The Forty by United Empire Loyalist Colonel Robert Nelles for his family. The house became central in the political and daily life of The Forty. Robert married more than 200 couples in his drawing room. The War of 1812 was fought on the grounds and lands of the Nelles family. Father, sons and brothers participated in the war protecting the Niagara frontier. Robert went on to be a member of the Upper Canada Legislature. The Forty later became Grimsby, Ontario.
The Georgian inspired home stayed in the family for four generations. In 1974 it was purchased by the Coutts family. At the time of purchase it had been sectioned into eight apartments. The young family lovely restored the house back to its former glory. Renovations were a wonder. They found the original colours and hidden finds. Today the attic and carriage house are still residences. The Coutts family then donated the Manor the community in 2015 and set up the Nelles Manor Heritage House Foundation to preserve the house and collection.
Today the museum hosts guided tours, teas, open hearth cooking classes, ghost tours, candle light Christmas events and much more.
We invite you to step back in time at Nelles Manor Museum. Hope to see you soon!
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