Van Egmond House tells story of Huron’s heroic rebel
The Van Egmond House Museum, located at 80 Kippen Road in Egmondville, is a little piece of 19th century society, and the former residence of the Van Egmond family.
After immigrating to Canada from Holland, the Van Egmonds resided in Waterloo County until 1827, where they met Canada Company Secretary John Galt who had an interesting proposition for the head of the family, Colonel Anthony Van Egmond.
In exchange for cash payment and 14,000 acres of land, Colonel Van Egmond agreed to aid Galt in the construction of a 45-mile-long road between Guelph and Goderich, which Galt believed would hasten the settlement of the Huron Tract, a 4,000 square-kilometre area in what is now southwestern Ontario.
The road was quickly finished, and the Van Egmond family soon packed up their things and moved from Waterloo to Huron County. But the manoeuvrings of the Family Compact which controlled the province, made it hard for pioneers to prosper. Fed up, Colonel Van Egmond joined the ill-fated rebellion of William Lyon Mackenzie in 1837. He was captured and died in jail.
From pioneering to rebellion, the history of the Van Egmond family was a colourful one, and much of it can be gleaned from a walk through the old Van Egmond House.
The building has been refurbished using materials from roughly the same time-period in order to maintain the appearance of an authentic 19th century manor.
The house will be open for regular hours (Thursday to Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) July 1 to August 15, at other times by appointment at 519-522-0057.