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Brown Jouppien house

Left: The front facade of the Brown-Jouppien house, Top: Rustic wooden fence outlining front side of the property, Bottom: Close up of window of left side of the home - stone lug window sill. [Photos: Burzynski, N. (2012)].


     Built in 1810 by John Brown, the Brown-Jouppien house is one of the oldest surviving homes in St. Catharines and in Southern Ontario. This a one of a kind home, full of rich heritage from the past. The large two-story home was built in two phases; construction of the rear of the home began in 1796, later in 1802 the front of the home was added. 


      A historic cabin placed by the current owner, Jon Jouppien is also located on the property behind the house. The cabin is said to be linked to John Norton who was a key player in the War of 1812. Norton, along with John Brant who was the son of the Mohawk cheif Joesph Brant led the Mohawk army during the war. The Mohawks through Norton and Brant's successful leadership fought along with Sir Issac Brock at the battle of Queenston Heights. 


    The house is an example of Loyalist Georgian architectural style. Surrounding houses were built in the similar style, however this property is the only surviving example. The house was built from local limestone, which was a common building material at the time. A dairy and smoke house are also located on the property, the smoke house here is the only survivng in St. Catharines. 


     The Brown home was bought by heritage consultant Jon Jouppien in 1979. Since his ownership the home has been fully restored the house with period pieces to how the home would have looked like during its prime using research and his own information on Loyalist homes. The home has been transformed into a piece of art, and possibly one day this home will be open to the public to showcase an authentic look how life used to be. 


     The house is located infront of the Short Hills Provincial Park on Pelham Road in the Western section of St. Catharines. Rolling hills, wineries and parks create a beautiful landscape around the home. Visiting the site will showcase how people lived many years ago, with many recreational activities to engage in within close proximity. 


When visiting please be aware this is a private residence, respect the property. 


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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Pre-1812 Historical Homes Tour.



From Toronto:
- Take Gardner Expressway Westbound 

- Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) for the next 17 km 

- Merge onto 403 West, continue for 20.8 km

- Slight turn left onto the QEW, continue for 51.5 km

- Take exit onto ON-406 towards Thorold/Welland 

- In 4 km take Regional Road 77 (West) exit 

- Merge onto Fourth Ave/ Regional Road 77

- Turn left onto Louth St/ Regional Road 72 , drive for 3.1 km

- Continue onto Pelham Road for the next 3.5 km

- Brown-Jouppien House will be on the right, parking is available at Short Hills Provincial Park, a few meters from the house, across the street 


From Niagara:


- Take ON-420 W 

- Exit on Regional Road 20 

- Continue onto Montrose Road/ Regional Road 98 for 2.0 km

- Turn left onto Thorold Stone Road for 5.0 km

- Continue onto ON-58 North for 3.1 km

- Keep right at the fork, look for Regional Road 71/Saint David's Road 

- Turn left onto Regional Road 71/ Saint David's Road

- Turn left on Merrittville Highway, continue for 1.1 km

- Turn right onto Decew Road for 2.7 km

- Continue through slight right onto First Street Louth 

- Continue onto Pelham Road

- Brown-Jouppien House will be on the right, parking is available at Short Hills Provincial Park, a few meters from the house, across the street 




   The home was built by John Brown, one of the first settlers into the area. Brown was a provincial soldier during the American Revolution. He was successful before going into the war however lost everything by the end of the Revolution, therefore deciding to relocate his family to the Niagara in 1784. Brown served with Butler's Rangers and granted a piece of land from the English government where the home lies today. The house was built from 1796-1810 by the family. 


    In the early 19th century, Pelham Road was an essential transportation route for travellers, especially in the War of 1812. During the earlier years, because of its prime location on the transportation route John's son Adam Brown transformed a section of a house into a tavern and inn for travellers. 


   During the War of 1812 the house was occupied by William Hamilton Merritt's Dragoons. Merritt was an important figure in local society, having a vital role in the development of the Welland Canal. 




Further Information


Parking is available at Short Hills Park, just across the street from the home.  


Henry of Pelham Family Estate Winery is located just down the street from the home as well, going west on Pelham Road at Fifth Street Louth. 


Further information on the home may be found on:



Information on the cabin and John Norton:




Ownership & Management

Private residence


Brown Jouppien House
1317 Pelham Road
St. Catharines, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1086617
Longitude -79.2874840

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