A Fall Event at Barnum House

“It’s 1874 and you’re invited to sup with Colonel Barnum while he reminisces about his life in the Grafton community and the history of the house.”

ACO Cobourg/East Northumberland is hosting an event at Barnum House.

Date: Saturday, October 21st
Location: Barnum House, Grafton
Time of 2 Performances: 1pm & 4pm
Tickets: $45 pp
How to Book: Please email barnumhouseeventscommittee@gmail.com
Seating: Limited to 25pp for each performance
Parking: Free, behind house/roadside

The Event: A costumed actor will give a dramatic reading of Eliakim Barnum’s “Memoir”, a modern reconstruction based on primary documents researched by the Lakeshore Genealogical Society which attempts to correct earlier misconceptions about the man, while a “Loaf and Ladle” supper is served in the Ballroom. Catering will be by St. George’s Anglican Church Auxiliary, Grafton. The Barnum family always had a close association with the church and continuing the association seems appropriate.

  • The Loaf & Ladle Menu
  • Choice of two Hearty Homemade Soups, one vegetarian
  • Home Baked Bread, gluten free option available 
  • Wine or Apple Cider with your meal
  • Followed by Dessert, choice of Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie
  • Coffee or tea
Eliakim Barnum, born in 1784, emigrated from Vermont to Upper Canada in 1807, and settled in Haldimand Township near the village of Grafton.

Barnum House, built between 1817 and 1819 is the earliest example of Neoclassical architecture in Canada. It’s an important heritage property and right in our backyard. The house is owned by The Ontario Heritage Trust which has granted a lease to the Cobourg/EN ACO branch in order to facilitate opening the house to the public. Previously the house was closed to the public for many years and Philip Goldsmith, when president of the Port Hope branch, was lead negotiator on the initiative to secure the lease for the Cobourg branch.