The Lower Grand River Land Trust Inc., now Ruthven Park National Historic Site Inc (RPNHS) evolved from a group of local residents interested in protecting the natural, cultural and heritage resources of the surrounding community. In 1996 Marion Hartney, (an aunt of the two brothers David and Drew Thompson who represented the fifth generation of the Thompson family), generously transferred her ownership of Ruthven Park and associated lands to Ruthven Park National Historic Site Inc. (RPNHS)
RPNHS Board members recognized the significance of Ruthven Park’s natural and historic values. The property includes 598 hectares (1476.6 acres) on both sides of the river and an island with vast areas of slough forest and wetlands. An 1845 Greek Revival 33 room villa, the focal point of the property, is enhanced by a simply designed, 19th-century picturesque landscape.
Ruthven Park is located north of Cayuga along the banks of the Canadian Heritage Grand River adjacent to the ghost town of Indiana. Throughout the year, the site offers a range of special events, large and small, mansion tours, nature education and more. Visit https://www.ruthvenpark.ca/tickets for a current schedule of activities.