Whitehern House was built in 1850 when Hamilton had a population of less than 7,000 residents. Originally constructed for an attorney named Richard Duggan, the grand home was acquired in 1852 by Dr. Calvin McQuesten. His descendants lived in the residence until 1968 when they donated the property to the city. Three years later it became a living history museum. Period costumed guides provide tours of the gardens and home containing furnishings from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visiting this National Historic Site of Canada is fascinating.