I had the pleasure of visiting the house that used to be owned by George Hodgeboom who sold his property and house in 1834 to a fellow named Enerals Griffin. Mr. Griffin was born into slavery back in Virgina. Mr. Griffin and his wife Priscilla had arrived in Canada looking for freedom from the slavery that was in the United States. The Griffins were of African-American descent and they had the determination to settle here in Canada where they could be free.
Just prior to purchasing the house and property from Mr Hodgeboom they had a son James. Through the decades that followed the Griffin descendants owned and maintained this house until they sold it to the Hamilton Region Conservation Authority in the year 1988.
The Griffin House stands as a testament to the determination of the African-American folks that fled the Unitied States to Canada for their freedom. The house most likely could tell many stories if it could talk. And what secrets might it hold within it's walls? The grounds could still be called home by the Griffins' spirits.
When you enter the property and stop to think of how the Griffins lived in the house and imagine the children that were born here. You can almost see children playing in a time that has long since passed by.
I am sure that this house was loved by all of the descendants of the Griffin Family and some of the spirits from those descendants may still be here.