Ancestral Roofs

"In Praise of Older Buildings"

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Grover's Tavern

The first settlers arrived just before 1800.
They weren't first generation UEL.
They weren't from the British Isles (those folks arrived some 20 years later.)
They were from the new United States, coming to Upper Canada for land and new prospects.
(Or perhaps, I've read, some folks didn't care for that new republic so much after all. )
Some were second generation UEL, migrating from their family's original land grant.

And they all lived at Grover's Tavern.
That is, they all lived in the area around the tavern operated by John Grover (arrived 1798) until 1832, when the growing village took the name of Grafton.

It appears that  Grover's hometown of Grafton, Massachusetts inspired the change. (Facts from the self-guided walking tour guide produced by Heritage Alnwick/Haldimand.

A copy of the guide was presented to me by Pat, owner of my favourite building of this wonderful historic village.)

More details to come. Just wanted to share the place with you.

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