The Barclay House is located on Concession 6 Lot 19 of Pickering Township, just north of Brougham. The property was originally owned by Eli Barclay, the son of George Barclay who is believed to be one of the first Scottish settlers in the area. George settled on Brock road as early as 1817. He was a Baptist Minister who served the nearby communities. His eldest son Eli built the house on this property in 1865.
Eli and his brothers were sympathizers of MacKenzie and the Rebellion. The bell that sits atop the house was used to summon nearby rebels for drill practice in front of the house, as well as for meetings held inside the home.
Originally known as Ever-Green Villa, the beautiful home was surrounded at one time by beautiful gardens and was featured in the Historical Atlas of Ontario County of 1877. The house changed hands over the years and was also known as Melody Farm at one point. It now sits boarded up, sadly hidden by bushes and trees.
You will see the cement barriers blocking the driveway, but probably won't see the house unless you know it's there.