Echo Hall was originally a modest four room house. Built in 2 stages, the first original house (presently the blue and yellow bedrooms and family room) were built in 1841. The “addition” or big house, was added to it in 1850. It currently sits as a five bedroom, two and a half bathroom home on 3/4 of an acre in beautiful Grimsby. It was designated a Heritage Home by the Municipality and Province in the 80’s. The designation does mean there are things about the homes appearance that we can not change. I am not entirely certain what that means for our interior decor!
Built by the Woolvertons, one of the founding families of Grimsby, this was their original farmhouse; the homestead. As the family grew, sons, brothers and nephews built other equally beautiful homes along what is now Main Street.
I found this photograph at the Grimsby Museum when I visited after we bought the house. There apparently is some conflicting information about which of the Woolverton brothers actually built it. Scandal! The photo below makes me think that this tight-knit family probably lived there together for a period of time. The museum had some information about the history of the fruit farming industry to which the Woolvertons were instrumental but I wanted to know more about the family history itself and the house. I have a visit planned to the Grimsby Archives next week. Hopefully I come back with some more great photos of Echo Hall like the one here.