A historical gem on our heritage map
A cultural and historical gem in West Niagara is finding its way on to the heritage map with the help of a
capacity building grant from the Niagara Community Foundation.
Nelles Manor, built between 1788 and 1798 by Loyalist Colonel Robert Nelles and described as the oldest
inhabited home between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston, was donated in 2016 by its owners to the newly
formed Nelles Manor Foundation. It is now operating as a seasonal museum, open to visitors from Victoria
weekend to Labour Day.
A $3,500 capacity-building grant from the Niagara Community Foundation allowed Nelles Manor to design
and print signage, letterhead and its first marketing materials. Thousands of copies of a brochure, post card
and rack card were distributed in time for the start of this year’s tourist season, said Coutts, who is confident the
photos and descriptions will have an impact.
The sign, strategically located outside the Main Street house, will attract visitors cruising down Old Highway 8 in
the summer, while the brochures and rack cards were distributed to tourist information centres and other heritage
sites across Southern Ontario.
“It’s no question the funding helped and it will help even more this year,” Coutts said. “We’ve got something
special here, but people need to know about it.”