J. Robert Salts, Owner
Map to Homestead:
The Donnelly Homestead is located 6.9 km north of St.
Patrick's Church on the Roman Line.
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& Video Available!
Are Never Alone
Life On The
By J. Robert Salts
Story of the Donnellys
Most Fascinating Legend
information about the book & DVD...
of Canada's Intriguing Historic Attractions
- In the
hours of February 4, 1880, five members of a Biddulph Township
met their death at the hands of their neighbours.
- Since that occurrence
in Canadian history, stories have been told, books written, songs sung,
and plays performed, generating
- sustained interest and fascination in this tragedy.
Salts, who lives on the original land that was settled by James and
Johannah Donnelly, relates
the story of the Donnellys during a walking
tour that begins in 1842 when the family arrived in Canada from
Tipperary County in Ireland. The tour traces the Donnellys' lives
through time to the night of the massacre, and 1939 when the property
was sold out of the Donnelly name.
The 90-minute tour (time approximate) includes a fascinating look at
artifacts and original photographs of family members. Also included is
a tour of the barn. Some aspects of the paranormal are touched upon,
but the main focus is the Donnelly family and their lives on the Roman
- A Little
Donnelly Homestead is owned by J. Robert Salts, a retired school
teacher who taught public school for 25 years. A
professional trance clairvoyant, Mr. Salts purchased the homestead in
lives on the property with his family. He is dedicated to telling the
story of the Donnellys, and offers a warm welcome to everyone to come
and discover one of Canada's most intriguing tourist attractions: the
site where the Donnelly family lived and died. Book your tour today!
Donnelly Homestead is a Smoke Free
and Fragrance Free
the winter and when the weather is inclement, the tour is done
indoors for small groups of up to 15 persons. Ten minutes
are spent outside at the site where the tragedy took place.
Open until 5:00 p.m.
and Group guided tours available by appointment.
Call 1 (519) 227-1244
For groups of 7
or more, the fee is $5.00 each. For
groups of 1- 6 persons, there is a flat fee of $30.00. There
a limit of 50 persons
groups are welcome. There is
no charge for accompanying
supervisory teachers and parents. The fee
per student is $5.00
to the length, and the nature of the subject, the tour is recommended for persons
12 years of age and over.
- Recommended Clothing:
- Since the tour is
outside, proper seasonal
clothing and footwear should be considered.
Booking A Tour:
Donnelly Homestead is a private residence, not
historic site. Please call in advance to make
an appointment. The best time
to call is the early evening.
- 2012 The Donnelly Homestead Site
Updated: 14 November 2012
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