C o u n t r y I n n
In 1848 Walter Denaut manages to buy land where he plans to build his new home. The land was originally owned by Abel Stevens Senior, it had later been purchased by Nicholas Mattice and then, in turn, by Nicholas's son. Once the land was in Walter's hands, he must have started building almost immediately, as his house appeared for the first time on the township assessment rolls of 1849.
The census of 1851 revealed that Walter was fully settled in his new home, together with his wife, Julia Easton, and their three children.
His mansion is located on a hill above Delta, It is an example of the type of elegance that many attempted, but never fully achieved. The stone from which it was built had been quarried from a local farm, and the brick manufactured on the site where Bill Birch later owned and operated a brick kiln.
Their staff included two clerks, Sherwood Hall and Edward Kilborn, a laborer, John Cars, and two servants, Ann Morris and Bridget Jordan, both natives of Ireland. He also had a butler named John Le Claire, also known as ‘Black Jack’. There is an island on Lower Beverley Lake named after him.
In this same year Walter was also shown as owning a farm of 320 acres with sixty cultivated. The Canada Directory of 1857-1858 gave further evidence of how steadily he was moving up in the world. He was then listed as postmaster, general merchant, grist, saw, and carding mill owner.
The Denaut House
Walter H. Denaut