Mackenzie House - City of Toronto Historic Sites, Toronto

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For the historic home in Florida see Mackenzie House (Brooksville, Florida)Mackenzie House is a historic building and museum in Toronto, Canada that was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie, the city's first mayor.The house was built in 1830 by Major Andrew Patton, formerly of the 45th regiment and barrack master of York Garrison, where he lived until his death in 1835. In 1835 Mackenzie leased the property and lived there until 1837, when he sold the lease. The advertisement for the lease appeared in the January 11, 1837 issue of his newspaper, The Constitution. After Mackenzie's failed rebellion the house was taken by the government and occupied by Colonel Hill and then Colonel Bagot.Mackenzie was forced into exile in the United States after having led the Rebellion of 1837. He returned to the newly created Province of Canada in 1850. Mackenzie returned to Canada in dire financial states. The house was bought for Mackenzie by his friends and supporters in 1858. He died in the house in 1861; His wife and three daughters stayed in the house for another ten years.The neighbouring row houses were demolished in 1936, while Mackenzie's grandson, William Lyon Mackenzie King, was Prime Minister. However, this house was saved because of its historical significance. Designed in the Georgian architecture style, today the house serves as a municipally run historic house museum about 1860s Victorian life.
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  • We went here last week and had a great private tour. There didn't seem to be set tour times and they just took around we walked in. Not being from Canada I did not know who Mackenzie was that was the ...  read more »
  • A small/quaint museum with great, enthusiastic staff. Something very different when visiting a big city, but a slow hour tour through history connected with Canada's freedom was a nice change of pace....  read more »
  • The price is right, and the tour is not long. However, it is extremely informative about William MacKenzie, his home, his history, and the history of Toronto. Without going into much detail, you will ...  read more »
  • I didn't expect much before coming here and, in fact, hesitated to visit this place. But it was much more than I expected! As others mentioned, the tour guides are just awesome! The lady that took us around the house was very knowledgeable and knew how to make stories interesting. I was totally absorbed in what she was saying. The man that guided us in the print shop was very nice as well! He explained all the artistic stuff and helped us to print our own souvenirs! I would definitely come back before leaving Toronto!
  • this was a very historic and consequential place which gives us a good amount of information and if you are a person who is obsessed with history and all that stuff then this is a place for you
  • Really a wonderful & historic heritage museum in downtown Toronto. Historic former home of Toronto's first great Mayor: circa 1858 in Toronto. Worth seeing.
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