An Incredible Story Since 1898.
The property still exudes the air of an old Ontario estate, but few people are aware of the international connections in Langdon Hall’s hundred-year history. Built in Canada by the son of an English man who inherited American wealth, the grand home was intended as a summertime contrast to life in New York, London and a château in the Loire valley.
The Early Years.
Eugene Langdon Wilks was born in 1855 in New York, the youngest of the seven children of Matthew Wilks and Eliza Astor Langdon. On his mother’s side, Wilks was a great grandson of the immensely wealthy fur trader and real estate magnete John Jacob Astor. In 1858, Matthew Wilks saw an advertisement in the New York papers for a