Mandate: The Flamborough Archives' mandate is to collect and preserve archival material relating to the history, people, buildings and communities within the area that is known by, or has been known by the name Flamborough.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday, 10:00 am to 4:00pm.,
Thursday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Please note: The Flamborough Archives is staffed and operated entirely by volunteers. There may be times when the Archives is closed due to unforeseen circumstances. Researchers are strongly advised to make an appointment and/or contact the Archives the day of their visit to ensure that someone will be available to assist them.
Flamborough: The name Flamborough has its origin in a small east coast village in Yorkshire, England, and like other such place names in the Niagara are, was given by John Graves Simcoe, during his term as Lieutenant governor of Upper Canada. The history of Flamborough dates from the last decade of the eighteenth century. First surveyed by Augustus Jones, when he laid out the Governor's Road (Dundas Street, or Highway #5) in 1793, the area was divided into three separate townships known as Beverly and East and West Flamborough.
Waterdown, the largest urban area in Flamborough was surveyed and laid out as a village for Ebenezer Griffin during the 1830's. Buildings such as the American Hotel date from this period, and together with several fine stone homes, churches, and the former Township Hall reflect the prosperity of the community.
On January 1st 1974, as a result of legislation passed by the Provincial Government, these townships united, becoming Flamborough Township, part of the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth. By Order-In-Council, the status of Flamborough changed from Township to Town of Flamborough on January 1st 1985, and on January 1st 2001, the 'New' City of Hamilton incorporated the Town of Flamborough, thus ending 200 years of Flamborough History.