Fire Engine at King's Castle
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Fire Engine at King's Castle

King's Castle was the house built by William MacKenzie King, circa 1854. King was the son of Lieutenant George King and Barbara (Chisholm) King. King was raised by his uncle, Oakville founder William Chisholm. King sailed the world, struck gold, and returned home to marry and build his castle, which he was forced to sell a year later. He briefly published a reform newspaper, The Oakville Advertiser. The house is a distinctively styled brick Gothic Revival House, with tall narrow gables, steeply pitched roof, pointed windows and decorative bargeboards and pendents. In 1858 there was a verandah around the building added by it's fourth owner, the Merry family. The book, God Is In The Attic by H. Merry, describes the Merry family life in this house. The property has been used as a pony farm and a factory, but was revived to its original Gothic Villa style by Lawrence Weeks and his wife in the 1970s. It is a heritage building, designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act Register. It is located at 21 Regency Court, Sixth Line, Oakville.