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Ruthven Park National Historic Site

243 Haldimand Highway #54, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0, Canada
+1 905-772-0560
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Interesting, attractive, and quiet

Fascinating site, beautiful old home, great site overlooking the river, and part of 1,500 acres of... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
EagleEyeBoston
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Boston, Massachusetts
Wedding day

Was a beautiful place for an outside fall wedding! Everyone enjoyed walking trails. Coach house was... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2017
P2926AKsandraw
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Dwight, Canada
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Experience the 1,500-acre country estate and magnificent former home of five generations of the Thompson family. Located in southwestern Ontario's charming rural Haldimand County. Grounds open daily; mansion tours by appointment from Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 to Victoria Day Weekend 2018.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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243 Haldimand Highway #54, Cayuga, Ontario N0A 1E0, Canada
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

Fascinating site, beautiful old home, great site overlooking the river, and part of 1,500 acres of preserved land.

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Hello EagleEyeBoston, thank you very much for your review and kind words about Ruthven Park's most appealing qualities. It is certainly a gorgeous and peaceful property. We hope to see you here in 2018 during our regular opening hours!

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

Was a beautiful place for an outside fall wedding! Everyone enjoyed walking trails. Coach house was very helpful for setting ou dinner.More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for your warm words regarding your experience as a wedding guest at Ruthven Park this past weekend! Our staff work hard to maintain our historic buildings and grounds for the enjoyment of event rental guests each weekend, as well as members of the...More

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Reviewed 25 September 2017

A beautiful Old Mansion overlooking the Grand River. Informative guided tours of the property are available.Built by the Thompson family who had their businesses at the nearby industrial town of Indiana. This is now a "ghost town" but the burial yard of the workers (mainly...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Thank you for your review, onholidayalways. We're so glad you made the time to visit and were able to not only take a tour of the Thompson Family Mansion, which is a stunning 1840s Greek Revival structure, but to also check out the Town of...More

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

Such a beautiful setting with an impressive historic stone home and many walking paths. If you are lucky you will be there on a day when they are tagging birds. This is an interesting and inspiring experience. Definitely worth a visit to Ruthven Park.More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2017

Thank you for sharing your review of Ruthven Park, lauraluvsU2! We especially appreciate your comments that the site offers visitors an "interesting and inspiring experience," which is what our staff always strive for. We would like to note for you and other visitors that bird...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

I have a family history in the area and grew up in Cayuga in the 60's and early 70's and always knew there was a mansion back in behind the gate house but back then, it was private property, and I never went in. I...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2017

We are so glad to hear your return to the area included a visit to Ruthven Park! Thank you for the kind words about our site; the Thompson Mansion certainly attracts many people as it is such a unique local feature. We hope you visit...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Unlike some other house museums, Ruthven is kept in the state lived in by its final occupants, family members in the 1970s. You can thus actually see layers and changes from over a century of usage and many generations of the Thompson family. Fascinating! Tour...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Hello paulsmoore, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts about your recent visit to Ruthven Park NHS. We agree - Rachel is a wonderful tour guide, and we passed along your kind words to her. I do apologize for any confusion you experienced as...More

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Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

This place is very nice for short visit.Grand river flows at the back side.The building is very beautiful.You can click nice pics with your family with building as background from river side.Kids can see birds eating food from hanging baskets and humming birds drinking water...More

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Madeline S, Front Office Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thank you for your review, Rsb B. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Ruthven Park has several buildings in our picturesque landscape, but the only one currently open to visitors on a regular basis is the 1840s Greek Revival style Thompson Mansion. Tours of this...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

This place is located on a beautiful piece of property overlooking the Grand River. It is a little tricky to find because the signage is poor and the place was not listed in our GPS. But if you travel north of Cayuga on Hwy 54...More

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Madeline S, Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you very much for your review, Philip. We appreciate all of your feedback and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. The spiral stairs are a crowd-pleaser amongst visitors and staff alike! We hope to see you back one day soon to...More

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Reviewed 20 November 2016

Beautiful place to go either alone to have quite peaceful time to your self. Also a great place to meet family and friends to explore the grounds lots of history in this place.

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Marilynn H, General Manager at Ruthven Park National Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

thanks for the plug and for visiting our site! Hope to see you for some of our upcoming programs!

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

My friend and I have a tradition to explore the spooky sites of the area around Halloween. This year she found the Ruthven Ghost Tour and booked it for the evening of October 21st. I had never been to Ruthven park before (even though I...More

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Thank you for taking the time to comment and describe your experience. We are truly sorry your experience was not positive and will follow up and make sure that staff is on top of this. GPS has not helped so will look into... More
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