Becoming the Oldest House in Durham

This article is an oldie but a goodie!

Posted: January 5, 2021

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

For those of us that are old-house aficionados, finding a 200-year old Georgian house (c.1811) that we are actually encouraged to visit inside… is pure alchemy! The oldest house in Durham Region, Lynde House, has been moved twice in the last 35 years in an effort to conserve the house and retain the stories of early settlement life in this region.  The Whitby Historical Society is dedicated to promoting the Lynde House Museum as a cultural anchor, with tours available year-round. Adjacent to the house, the Warren General Store serves as a starting point for tours with artifacts on display representing a wide period, such as a model of the once Huron-Wendat village of the area. The store is a unique shopping experience of local makers wares.

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Watch for the winter birds that can be spotted at Lynde Shore Conservation Area (a namesake to the Lynde family) and one of the few remaining coastal wetlands found along this northern section of the Lake Ontario shoreline. The marsh is designated as provincially significant wetlands and is part of a long-term study: the Durham Region Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project.

Warm-up with a taste of something local using this go-to guide explore Whitby.