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Thornton House

Reputed to be among the oldest dwellings in Colborne, this was the home of Scottish immigrant John Steele and his wife Mary Spalding from 1831-43. Some feel that the house pre-dates 1820 because of a letter from Mary Spalding arranging for a housemaid. Steele, a founder of Queen’s University, held many other posts — including a magistrate, a newspaper man, a member of the local Board of Education, and with various agricultural societies. In 1843, the Steeles moved to Grafton and sold their house to Cuthbert Cumming. Cumming in turn sold it in 1858 to the Scougale family, who lived there for over 100 years, next door to their haberdashery business. As part of Digital Doors Open, learn more about this house in the video below.

Contact info

3 King Street West
Colborne, Ontario


Year built: c. 1810
Building type:Private residence
Architectural style:Georgian

Dates/hours open

Feb 27, 05:29pm - Feb 27, 05:29pm