This home was built in 1855 by John H. Grout, son of Reverend George Grout the rector of St. Andrew's Church.
John became an important citizen, and entreprenuer who established the Grout Agricultural Works which manufactured reapers and mowers, the most modern farm machinery. He became a Reeve in 1876 when Grimsby became a town.
Note the fine detail over the windows of the house and the stained glass windows framing the door.
The Grimsby Historical Society, archives and brochures (call for availability), are located at the Carnegie Commons Building. They are available by phone or for a visit on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am - 12 noon, or by appointment.
The first road up the escarpment from Grimsby is believed to have followed a route to the east from the south end of Robinson Street, then up the escarpment to Smithville. It is said that it was constructed so that Smithville children could come to school in Grimsby. Its exact course is shrouded in mystery. Later, Mountain Street provided access to Smithville. It follows the course of Forty Mile Creek to the base of the escarpment, then turns east to climb the mountain. There are traces of an earlier road along the western edge of the present route. This is now part of a hiking trail. The Streets of Grimsby from A-W
Historic Walking Tour of Grimsby free brochure published by the Grimsby Historical Society is available as a brochure, or online http://westniagara.com/ghs/map.htm Click dot 10 to see Grout House information.
Grimsby Heritage Advisory Committee (GHAC). The Streets of Grimsby from A-W, 2000. Available for sale at the Grimsby Historical Society as well as at the Town of Grimsby's municipal office at 160 Livingston Avenue, open from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (905) 945-9634www.town.grimsby.on.ca/Maps/town-of-grimsby.html
Turcotte, Dorothy. Grimsby - Settlement on Forty Mile Creek. The Global Gazette - Canada's Online Family History Magazine. 1999, March 17. Retrieved fromhttp://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazrr/gazrr26.htm
Private Residence, not open to the public
23 Mountain Street