Colonel Robert Nelles 1761-1842

A Loyalist from the Mohawk Valley, New York, Nelles came to Canada during the American Revolution and from 1780 to 1784 served in the Indian Department. Following hostilities, he settled near the Grand River but by 1792 had moved to this area. Nelles built mills and a store on nearby Forty-Mile Creek and soon became a prominent merchant. About 1798, he constructed a Georgian-style stone manor on this site. Modified by later additions, notably the erection of the Neo-classical porch in the 1820s, the house served as Nelles' residence during his lengthy career as a justice of the peace, member of the legislative assembly, and commanding officer of the 4th Lincoln Militia.


On the grounds of his former home, 126 Main Street West, Grimsby

Region: Niagara Falls and Region

County/District: Regional Municipality of Niagara

Municipality: Town of Grimsby