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Touring Historic Sovereign House in picturesque Bronte

Bronte Bluff’s-2 storey house on east side at end of street

7 West River Street, Oakville

Oakville, ON

Self guided Adult History & heritage Museum Painting Visual arts

The Bronte Historical Society manages Sovereign House which started as a log cabin in 1825 and was replaced in 1845 by the two storey colonial style house you see today. The original log cabin was built by Charles Sovereign who was a founding member of Bronte, which is a small part of Oakville along the shoreline. In 1988 Sovereign House was destined for demolition, but through the efforts of the Bronte Historical Society, in conjunction with the Town of Oakville, the house was moved to the Bronte Bluffs. The Bronte Historical Society manages the interior of the building. We host bi-weekly Art Shows of local Bronte artists, from late May until late October. As well we host one or two events a season that are open to the public. The mandate of the Bronte Historical Society is to preserve and protect the history of Bronte and area. We also wish to share Sovereign House and its lovely surroundings with the community. While you are visiting Sovereign House you will learn about The History of Sovereign House, Charles Sovereign and about the displays In the house. Would you like to know what the early industries in Bronte were? We are regularly open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m., from late May until late October. You are welcome to come in and look around. Our Hosts will make you feel welcome, and answer any questions you may have. Please bring a mask with you to wear while you are touring the House. We will have hand sanitizer and we will be taking your name and contact information for contact tracing. We will be receiving visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come visit Sovereign House and learn about Bronte’s rich history. See you during Culture Days!

Sat 26 Sep
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This event is free and will be accepting optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Organized by

Bronte Historical Society

The Bronte Historical Society is a volunteer run non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Bronte’s heritage and celebrating its past. The mission of the Society is to collect, organize and preserve material about Bronte and the surrounding area, to promote awareness and appreciation of Bronte’s history. The Sovereign House is maintained and operated by the Bronte Historical Society. The House is open to the public on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm from late May until late October. Along with the historical exhibits the House also hosts bi-weekly art shows. During Culture Day we will be featuring artist Katie Land, Katie creates realistic paintings, with abstract expression, based on pop culture, and often New York City is her subject. You are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the House and gardens. Brochures and word puzzles and old artifacts of days gone by, will be on display for you to look at.


7 West River Street, Oakville

Oakville, ON

There is a small, town public parking lot just north of Sovereign House with a path that leads you to the front entrance of the house.

Event Contact

Margaret White




The House is wheelchair accessible at the front door, and one room where art is displayed can be viewed as well as the first floor of the main house.