History tells us that between 1830 and 1850 hundreds of thousands of brave Irish souls took “the gamble of their lives” and left Ireland behind and immigrated to Canada. Eliza Duffy was among those bold and feisty newcomers and she settled on the outskirts of what is now Bolton in the Town of Caledon.
The Duffy homestead, located on the east side of Emil Kolb Parkway (formerly Coleraine Road) and north of King Street, is now being painstakingly restored by Alan Duffy, a direct descendant of Eliza.
At a young age of 25, Al developed a serious curiosity as to his family’s history and origins. Forty years later in 2018 Al was able to purchase his family’s original 1832 homestead in Bolton. For the past six years he has been restoring the log home and barn with the goal of opening a private museum. The Duffy Homestead now sits on 60 of the original 100 acres.
Al is the Chairman of the board of the Duffy Heritage Foundation which oversees the Duffy Homestead. It is expected that the Duffy Heritage Foundation will be fully established shortly and then the museum will be open for private tours. Meanwhile you can follow them on Facebook at @ Duffy Heritage Homestead: Restoration Project