Built between 1835-1837 Ireland House was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington's earliest settlers. He emigrated from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819 and petitioned for land at Oakridge Farm. Ireland House was occupied by Joseph and his descendants up until 1985.
In 1987 the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Marie Ireland Bush. The homestead has since been restored to illustrate 3 distinct time periods, representing the generations of Irelands who lived in the house.
Ninety percent of the furnishings are original to the Ireland family. The property consists of 3.68 acres of woodland, gardens, and picnic areas.
Ireland House offers tours of the property, living historical demonstrations, special events and educational programs.
Joseph Brant Museum
The Joseph Brant Museum is housed in a replica of the house built by Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, the prominent Mohawk leader and Loyalist who moved to the head of Lake Ontario in the early 19th century.
In 1798 the Mohawk leader was granted 3,40 acres on Burlington Bay by King George III for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution.
The Museum exhibits artifacts that relate to the story of Joseph Brant, Burlington's history as a community and the Eileen Collard Gallery of Historic Costumes and Textiles collection, Ontario's 2nd largest collection of historic clothing.
Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm offer tours and hold a variety of special events during the year which celebrate our heritage.
Further information on tours, educational programs and events at Joseph Brant or Ireland House Museum can be obtained from their website link provided below.