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Hon. Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey (1784-1857), a young London importer and ship insurance broker, emigrated to Canada in 1820 with a small fortune, to develop an estate in the Canadian wilderness. He soon established himself as a leader of society in eastern Upper Canada (Ontario) and became a member of the Legislative Assembly, Reeve of March Township, Warden of Carleton County, and a member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada. He developed HORACEVILLE, on the Ottawa Riverfront of March Township (now the City of Ottawa), as his residential estate, operating grist and sawmills and building St. Mary's Church, which opened in 1827.
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HAMNETT KIRKES PINHEY'S HOUSE : HORACEVILLE, the residence of the Hon. Hamnett Pinhey, was named for Pinhey's eldest son. In keeping with British aristocratic practice, young Horace was intended from the start to be the heir to the property.
The house was built in four stages, from north to south.
HAMNETT KIRKES PINHEY'S HOUSE : HORACEVILLE, the residence of the Hon. Hamnett Pinhey, was named for Pinhey's eldest son. In keeping with British aristocratic practice, young Horace was intended from the start to be the heir to the property.The house was built in four stages, from north to south.
The original house, built in 1820-1821, was "a nice tasty cottage with viranda [sic]". It was a two-storey log building, covered with clapboard. To the rear was a square stone kitchen with hip roof. (National Archives, NMC-22119).
In 1841, Pinhey began to look ahead to the day Horace would marry and take over the farm. He planned a large addition in two stages.
The central hall-kitchen wing was built in 1841-42, with a gracious sweeping staircase leading upstairs to a dining room at the head of the stairs and a bedroom over the front entrance.
The new kitchen wing to the rear was to become Mrs. Pinhey's kitchen when a daughter-in-law took over the older part of the house.
On August 21, 1847, Horace Pinhey married Kate Greene at neighbouring St. Mary's Church, and in September work began to enlarge the old stone kitchen to better serve the young couple.
In 1848-49 the final, south wing was added, including a library, pantry, and drawing room on the ground floor. Upstairs, several bedrooms and an interesting second-storey privy, which Pinhey called the "sanctum sanctorum", Latin for "the holy of holies", were added.
Horace and Kate moved into the older part of the house and took over management of the farm, turning over half the produce each year to his parents. Hamnett retained control of the gardens and moved with wife Mary Anne and daughter Constance into the newer part of the house.
At Hamnett Pinhey's death in 1857 he willed the new half of the house to daughter Constance. However, she married her cousin John Hamnett Pinhey and moved to Bytown (Ottawa) shortly thereafter, deeding her inheritance to Horace.
In the nineteenth century, the Pinhey house had been expanded to accommodate a growing family. In the twentieth century, it was home to an aging family and the side wings were boarded up.
The family rejected proposals to make HORACEVILLE the home of a Hollywood actress or a summer residence for the Governor General. HORACEVILLE remained the Pinhey family farm until the 1970s. In the end, Miss Ruth Pinhey alone occupied the deteriorating central wing of her ancestors' great house. She died in 1971.
Pinhey's Point, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
270 Pinhey's Point Road, Dunrobin, Ontario
(A Historic Tourist Site in Canada's National Capital Region)
The Pinhey Estate, HORACEVILLE, is an 88-acre heritage site scenically situated on the Ottawa River in rural Ottawa, in the hamlet of Dunrobin northwest of the downtown core. This estate is owned and operated by the City of Ottawa.
The Honourable Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey emigrated to Canada from England in 1820 to develop his estate, HORACEVILLE, Pinhey's Point. That same year, 1820, he built the first Pinhey house to which additions were made over the next 28 years. This property remained in the Pinhey family until 1971 when March Township purchased it.
In 1990 the City of Kanata (now part of the City of Ottawa) acquired Pinhey's Point. One of the City's biggest projects was the restoration of the Hamnett Pinhey mansion. Today, the City of Ottawa continues to develop the site's heritage and waterfront potential. The Pinhey's Point Foundation, established in 1980, has played a significant role in preserving and developing the estate as an historic site and recreation area. The Foundation's Museum Committee along with Pinhey's Point staff plan and prepare exhibits each year.
The Pinhey's Point Foundation is pleased to acknowledge the generous financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/, and the Government of Ontario in 2003/2004. Funding has been provided for interpretive planning and development projects incorporating artifact assessment, preservation and restoration, in order to share with the community and public the rich heritage of March Township.
The Pinhey's Point Foundation is also pleased to acknowledge the generous financial support of the City of Ottawa in accomplishing a number of collections management, exhibit and community outreach projects through its Ottawa Cultural Facilities Fund for 2003, 2004 and 2005 and the Heritage Funding Program for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
The Foundation greatly appreciates the generous funding provided by the Ontario Ministry of Culture through its Heritage Organization Development Grant for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The funds have been used to cover a variety of costs related to exhibits, collections management, and operating expenses.
For Events and Activities, see the City of Ottawa Web Site:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Pinhey's Point is officially open to the public for the 2009 summer season from Sunday, May 10, to Sunday, August 30, 2009.
The manor house is open for tours from Wednesday to Sunday:
Wednesday to Friday, open from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The house is closed to the public Monday and Tuesday. However, the grounds remain accessible for you to enjoy.
Admission to the museum is by donation. We rely on your generous donations to support our programs and events.
For reservations for bus tours and large groups, please call Pinhey's Point at (613):. 832-4347 (seasonal) or the Heritage Development division, Cultural Services branch of the City of Ottawa at (613) 247-4830 ext. 221.
Read More at: http://www.pinheyspoint.ca/
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