A monument to the impeccable demeanour, good taste and gracious living that epitomizes Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Welcome to the McFarland House, the historic home built in 1800 by John McFarland and his sons. This home is Niagara Parks' oldest property, predating the war of 1812 and serving several important roles throughout its history. Perhaps most importantly, this home was used as a hospital and headquarters for both British and American armies during the War of 1812. It is also known for being one of the only buildings to survive the burning of Newark in 1813 during a local wartime conflict.
Today you can visit the home and enjoy a 45-minute guided tour by licensed costumed interpreters. They will take you around the property and enlighten you on particularly interesting points of the home's history. After you've toured the home head to the Conservatory Tea Room to enjoy freshly made scones and delicate desserts. You can dine in the tea room or take a gourmet picnic to go and enjoy house-made sandwiches with ingredients from the properties gardens.
The McFarland House sits near the Niagara River Recreation Trail and is adjacent to playgrounds and picnic facilities, with several spots to enjoy a to-go picnic. The attraction is only open seasonally, however, each May through October. This is the perfect way to experience a 'Georgian style and pace'!