Refugee of Troy: The Historic Misener House of Troy Ontario

Creator(s): Westfield Heritage Village

The Conrad Misener House at Westfield Heritage Village is an important artefact that represents the migration of a family to Canada, and has been adopted by a community that recognizes the value of preserving our heritage.

The house was inhabited for more than a hundred years by three generations of the Misener family before it began to fall into ruin. Myrtle Scroggie, Arthur Misener's daughter, donated the house to Westfield, the nascent living history museum. Westfield's founders restored the house as best they could and it proudly represented the rural heritage of southern Ontario for a generation.

In the 1980s the recession and high interest rates put the Region of Hamilton Wentworth - the new owner - in a financial bind. Five years of relative neglect saw the house begin to fail and fall to ruin a second time. Volunteers who had worked at Westfield lobbied for the reopening of the Village. They succeeded in time to intervene on the Misener House's behalf and a second restoration stabilized the house for another quarter century.

Now, as the house approaches its 180th anniversary, a third wave of renovation has made the Misener House once again ready to educate and entertain the people of the Hamilton region with stories of their own past. A real debt of gratitude is owed to the many volunteers, Misener family members and community leaders who gave of their time and finances to keep the old house alive.

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