Allen Nixon settled on these lands as one of the first United Empire Loyalists in Grimsby. Nixon Hall was built in 1845 as a residence for the Nixon Family. This home demonstrates fine examples of the Gothic elements in its architectural design. The front porch constructed with classical details and the north wing are later additions.
The building has a colourful history. It was used as a hostel to house Farmerettes, young women who came from all across Canada to Niagara's Fruit Belt. They assisted in farm work and harvest during World War 11 when many of the young men were away. It was also used as a temporary hospital after the Grimsby hospital burned in 1948. In the one year it was utilized, over 1,000 patients were treated and 288 babies were born in the building.
Hours of Operation
The Grimsby Historical Society, archives and brochures (call for availability), are located at the Carnegie Commons Building. They are available by phone or for a visit on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am - 12 noon or by appointment.
A Tour of GrimsbyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Designated Heritage Sites brochure published by the Grimsby Heritage Advisory Committee (GHAC), is available as a brochure, or online at www.grimsby.ca/index.php?module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager_op=downloadFile&JAS_File_id=262
Ownership & Management
Pirvate Residence, not open to the public
262 Main Street West
UTM easting 615348
UTM northing 4783365
Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby Archives
Carnegie Commons Building
25 Adelaide Street
Tel (905) 309-0796