At the age of 24, Scottish-born John McFarland became a laborer for building and repairing ships in North America for the British Royal Navy. He was soon recognized for his ability to identify excellent wood for watercraft. In 1780, he was transferred to Fort Niagara to locate timber supplies. After the American Revolutionary War, he became rich acquiring thousands of acres of forests on the Niagara Peninsula and selling the premium lumber. He built this lavish Georgian residence in 1800. Four generations of McFarland’s lived off the patriarch’s wealth at this estate. You are invited. Costumed tour guides will show you around the property. You can also enjoy afternoon tea at the Conservatory Tea Room.