OUR STORY

WHAT'S IN A NAME?
THOMAS KING WHITNEY
1921-1995

The roots of this property can be traced all the way back to the early 1800’s. The original owner, James McKenzie, a Scotsman, was sent here as a commanding officer in the British Army. For the tidy sum of 50 cents an acre, he bought the land Whitney Manor currently sits on – and the 350 acres or so surrounding it. 

As most of the men under his command were mechanics, stone masons, and carpenters by trade, McKenzie had no problems finding skilled laborers to complete the task of building his dream home. 

When work was completed in 1817, the over eight thousand sq. foot farm house stood out as an architectural marvel. It was built in the likeness of an English estate, with very large rooms and cathedral ceilings. The beams were hand hewn, all the rooms upstairs and down had fireplaces, and there was even a flat section of the roof on which a fish pond was built. 

Comprised mainly of limestone, the house featured a formal ballroom on the second floor, separate maid’s quarters, and a Chapel. No expense was spared during the construction, which included the decision to use rectangular blocks instead of ruble. Along with making the building more structurally sound, those blocks gave the manor a decidedly more detailed and unique appearance than many of the other properties built during that time.

Ready to begin his new life in North America, Captain McKenzie sent word for his wife to join him from England. Despite the luxurious trappings of her new home, she did not feel at ease in her new rural surroundings. She longed for a return to her home on the busy streets of London. Not long after construction was completed, she was on a boat heading back across the Atlantic. Heartbroken over his loss, James McKenzie stayed behind, passing away shortly after his wife’s departure.

DID YOU KNOW??
Interesting facts and stories from our past
  • Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and World War I veteran, Bill Cook, owned the property in the 1930s.
  • Whitney Manor was designated a historic property in 1973, having been recognized to have "cultural heritage value or interest".
  • After retiring from the Navy, Captain McKenzie developed an interest in steamboats. Eventually he was named Captain of the Frontenac, the first Canadian-built steamboat on the Great Lakes.
  • The property's third owner, Henry Sadlier, had royal ancestors  -- one of them was good friends with William Shakespeare!

The roots of this property can be traced all the way back to the early 1800’s. The original owner, James McKenzie, a Scotsman, was sent here as a commanding officer in the British Army. For the tidy sum of 50 cents an acre, he bought the land Whitney Manor currently sits on – and the 350 acres or so surrounding it. 

 

As most of the men under his command were mechanics, stone masons, and carpenters by trade, McKenzie had no problems finding skilled laborers to complete the task of building his dream home. 

 

When work was completed in 1817, the over eight thousand sq. foot farm house stood out as an architectural marvel. It was built in the likeness of an English estate, with very large rooms and cathedral ceilings. The beams were hand hewn, all the rooms upstairs and down had fireplaces, and there was even a flat section of the roof on which a fish pond was built. 

 

Comprised mainly of limestone, the house featured a formal ballroom on the second floor, separate maid’s quarters, and a Chapel. No expense was spared during the construction, which included the decision to use rectangular blocks instead of ruble. Along with making the building more structurally sound, those blocks gave the manor a decidedly more detailed and unique appearance than many of the other properties built during that time.

 

Ready to begin his new life in North America, Captain McKenzie sent word for his wife to join him from England. Despite the luxurious trappings of her new home, she did not feel at ease in her new rural surroundings. She longed for a return to her home on the busy streets of London. Not long after construction was completed, she was on a boat heading back across the Atlantic. Heartbroken over his loss, James McKenzie stayed behind, passing away shortly after his wife’s departure.

THOMAS KING WHITNEY
1916-1996

A man who is fondly remembered for always having a smile on his face and a penchant for whistling while he worked, King Whitney was a well-respected pillar of the Kingston community. A veteran of World War II, he beat the odds to return home, raise a family, and open a successful home furnishings store in downtown Kingston. Later in his life King became the 15th owner of this historic property, renaming it Sopwell Hall. This property remained in his family for another two generations, and it is named in his honor.

8 Starr Place
Kingston, ON  

K7L 4V1  Canada

ADDRESS

8 Starr Place, Kingston

ON,  K7L 4V1  Canada

 

1-844-465-2411

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Tel: 613-766-9394  

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