Adelaide Hunter Hoodless 1858-1910

Adelaide Hunter was born in this farm house and lived here until she married John Hoodless in 1881. On February, 19, 1897, she organized at Stoney Creek the world's first Women's Institute. It was her belief that, in this organization, rural women could discuss their problems and work together to improve their standard of homemaking and citizenship. The movement spread rapidly throughout Ontario and later to the other provinces. Mrs. Hoodless, a natural leader and forceful speaker, introduced the teaching of domestic science into Ontario schools and obtained funds for the building of Macdonald Institute at Guelph.


At her birthplace, now a museum, Blue Lake Road, off Highway 24, west of St. George

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Brant (District)

Municipality: County of Brant