Burlington Builders

Creating a Legacy

In our lifetime, most of us aspire to create a legacy; one that leaves lasting memories that will be passed down to our children, families and community. A legacy is about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. Leaving a legacy helps complete the circle of life.

Remember Our Roots

A year-round, fun, interactive, discovery experience… accessible to all.

In Burlington, families such as Brant, Ireland and the Smith’s have a left a distinct mark that can be seen on buildings, streets, parks and businesses. But, as our City grows and time passes, the challenge will be to ensure that we remember our roots and the proud legacy of our founding members.

Joseph Brant Museum provides an important link between the community and its heritage. We need to tell the story of those individuals and families that have laid the foundation for a better Burlington… “Our Community Builders”.

Thanks to generous citizen donations and government support, we believe we are close to making our dream a reality. A dream that has been in the making for nearly 30 years; the renovation and transformation of the Joseph Brant Museum into the Burlington Community Museum and Heritage Centre; a year-round, fun, interactive, discovery experience… accessible to all.

Sharing Our Stories

A key element of this exciting project is a permanent exhibition that will tell the story of Burlington’s Community Builders.

Please take time to view the Chamberlain Architects Concept Video, Fundraising Case Book, Foundation Brochure and Pledge Form.

Join us in Recognizing Your Family

We invite you to join us in allowing the Museums of Burlington to present your family’s stories, traditions, memories, hopes and dreams, and preserve them for future generations.

Ireland Family

Built between 1835-1837, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was the home of Joseph Ireland, one of Burlington’s earliest settlers. Emigrating from Bowes, Yorkshire, England in 1819 at the age of 27, he petitioned for land at Oakridge Farm and so began a legacy that continues today. Joseph and his descendants occupied Ireland House until 1985.

In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: 1850s, 1890s and 1920s.

Ninety percent of the furnishings are original to the Ireland family thanks to a generous donation by Helen Ireland Caldwell, Marie’s first cousin. Restorations of the house have reclaimed missing elements of former times, bringing the Museum back to its feeling of a period home and farm.

The property consists of 4 acres of woodland, gardens, potting shed, cottage/drive shed, and picnic areas. Tours of the property, living historical demonstrations, special events and educational programs are offered.