John Goddard is a former magazine writer and Toronto Star reporter with a curiosity for little-known Ontario wonders. His books include Inside the Museums and, with TVâ€™s Richard Crouse, Rock and Roll Toronto, a cheeky guide to the cityâ€™s rock and roll historic sites. He lives in Toronto.
Griffin House and Fieldcote Museum
Inside Hamiltonâ€™s Museums helps to satisfy a growing curiosity about Canadaâ€™s steel capital as it evolves into a post-industrial city and cultural destination. In this special excerpt we visit two sites, Griffin House and the Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum. Griffin House honours one of Ancaster's earliest black settlers, Enerals Griffin, and pays tribute to the black slaves from the United States who fled to freedom in Upper Canada. Fieldcote Museum was built as private home and now functions as a gallery for exhibitions alternating between local history and the visual arts. John Goddard takes us on a detailed tour of the historic homes and gardens, providing fascinating historical background and insight.