The Horaceville house was closed to visitors until August 5th due to public health restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It remained open on weekends in September until the 27th.


Horace Pinhey

Hamnett Pinhey named his estate and imposing residence Horaceville after his eldest son, who would inherit it following the British gentry tradition. Explore with us something of the life of this shy man often overshadowed by his father.

Black-and-white Topley Studio photo portrait (#18604) of elderly bearded Horace Pinhey in 1874, the year before his death, LAC collection
Horace Pinhey, eldest son of Hamnett Pinhey, for whom the “Horaceville” estate was named, 1874 (LAC Topley #18604)

Treasures of a Pinhey Childhood

This sampling of toys, games, books and other treasures of children from the Pinhey family should appeal to the young and young at heart.

A colour image of interior pages of "Schoenhut's Humpty Dumpty Circus" catalogue illustrating a group of Humpty Dumpty Circus Toys used with Schoenhut's Combination Circus Tent and Ring (PPF Collections, Gift of Betty Ann Koene)
Detail from “Schoenhut’s Humpty Dumpty Circus” catalogue (PPF Collections, Gift of Betty Ann Koene)

Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, …

Laundry and ironing not your favourite household chore? This display will take you back to a time when there was no electrical power at Horaceville and doing laundry was hard and often dangerous work.

A colour photo of a 19th Century miniature sad iron for ironing lace made with cast iron base and wood handle, metal trivet (PPF Collections, Gift of Constance Snelgrove)
Miniature sad iron for ironing fancy lace work on women’s clothing, with its own trivet, 19th Century (PPF Collections, Gift of Constance Snelgrove)

Mr Pinhey’s Gardens

Hamnett Pinhey’s farm accounts from 1821 to 1857 provide a unique insight into his gardening practices, and record the presence of several different gardens in which he grew a large variety of fruits and vegetables, intermixing them with flowers. The gardens were large and elaborate. Pinhey tested the limits of the local climate by attempting to grow exotic plants. The gardens are once again in bloom at Horaceville. Come and learn about their beginnings.

Colour bilingual poster for the Pinhey's Point Foundation 2019 / 2020 exhibit at Horaceville titled "Mr Pinhey's Garden's"


Pinhey’s Point meets the Sixties

The Pinhey property was first on the National Capital Commission’s agenda when it turned its attention to heritage conservation in 1959. Its purchase was announced, prematurely, with plans for Centennial restoration and a steamboat to Aylmer.  Explore with us what happened, and what didn’t, as well as the broader story of NCC heritage initiatives up to 1975.

Ottawa Resource Collection, Fifth Floor, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University


No public lectures or other events were held by the Foundation at Horaceville in 2020 due to the COVID-19 public health restrictions.

To view the Foundation’s current exhibits and events: Current

To view our other past exhibits and events: Exhibit/Event Archive