Article written by Becky Dumais
“Another East snow storm commenced this evening, and now while I am writing at 8 o’clock on Tuesday night, the wind is howling piteously, the snow is flying briskly, the Lake is raging wildly and Old Winter with all its treasures of snow and frost appears to be at hand. But yet for all these changes we should be thankful as they are all designed for the good.“
Charles Sovereign, 1842
That’s just one of the many detailed and varied journal entries that Charles Sovereign kept over the course of his life. Thanks to the Bronte Historical Society, the Sovereign House, an historic gem located in Bronte, was also kept intact.
The house was built in 1846 by Charles Sovereign, son of Philip Sovereign, an early founder of the area. Charles kept a log of his life, local politics and business affairs from age 36 until he died at age 87. It’s through these well-documented pages that his somewhat sombre story lives on: he outlived four of his seven children and his wife Elizabeth, who passed away in 1861 at the age of 58.
Many families have inhabited the house in the 118 years since the Sovereigns lived there, most notably novelist Mazo de la Roche, who lived there with her family from 1911 to 1915. Sovereign House – and the lives of some local villagers – are mentioned in her novel, Possession. The rooms in the house feature antiques, photos and historical archives from bygone eras of Trafalgar Township.
Today, the north wing of the house can be rented year-round and visitors from all over the globe come to catch a glimpse of Bronte’s history, and frequent art exhibits. Drop by for a visit from mid May to the end of October, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4pm. An appointment is required for visits from November to mid May.
Upcoming Art Shows at Sovereign House
Sept 21st-Oct 2nd
Show and presentation