Sir Isaac Brock B&B Luxury Suites
Consistently ranked as one of the top B&Bs in Ontario
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BUILDING & ORIGINAL OWNER
The original owner Mr.Sylvester Skinner was born in 1799 in Hartford Connecticut.
He moved to Brockville in 1816 shortly after the War of 1812. Mr.Skinner along with his partner William McCullough built a successful business as manufacturers of carriages and farm implements. He became increasingly involved in the political opposition to The Family Compact and the fight for Responsible Government. At the outbreak of the Rebellion of 1837 Mr. Skinner was arrested for his role in organizing Methodist opposition and running guns up from the United States.
His business continued to grow and at the Great London Exhibition of 1851 his firm was awarded a medal for the quality of their agricultural tools. In 1857 Mr.Skinner moved to Gananoque where he expanded his product line to include carriage hardware, crosscut saws, snow shovels, saddlery and harness. Sylvester Skinner died in Gananoque in 1875 at the age of 76.
Skinner’s ambitious residence built in 1824 was located only blocks away from his waterfront factory, yet handy to the Perth Road, leading out to the major markets for his agricultural implements. This cut limestone Georgian home was built with generous proportions, having a handsome fanlight over the main entrance, symmetrically spaced large windows and large dormers .
Library & Games Room
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