Hamilton- McIntyre – Daniel House
614 Lewisville Road


Two stories, short two storey portico, sawn siding. Built c. 1855 by David Watson Canfield (owned sawmill). Sold immediately to John T. Hays. Sold to David B. Hamilton 22 October 1859. Known as the McIntyre House. History 614 Lewisville Rd. On October 22, 1857, for $1500, Dr. D.B. Hamilton purchased the 3 acres. He bought it from John T. Hays who had bought it from David Watson Canfield, January 1855. It is speculated Canfield was the builder. Hamilton’s grandfather-in-law, Mary McVoy McIntyre, last family to occupy the home, lived there until her death in 1965. Mary McIntyre’s daughter, Clare Wheless sold the house to Dr. & Mrs. Gary Daniel for $10,000 in 1965.



Article from Minden Paper

The Daniel home belongs to Dr. & Mrs. Gary D. Daniel in Minden, La. “We bought this house in February, 1966 and began restoration. While refinishing, we lived in the guest house that was located on the rear of our lot. Upon completion of our home, we sold the quaint guest house. The guest house was moved and is presently located on the Penal Farm Road. In 1971, the Daniel home was featured in the “Webster Centennial Tour of Homes”. IN an attempt to have the home appear on the National Registry of Historical Homes, the Daniel’s discovered that the original porch balcony had been altered before their purchase. The original balcony was enclosed with a screen. The Daniel family speculates that the son of the previous owner (McVoy McIntyre, an architect) possibly had the changes made. “Any alteration to the original design or structure of an old home can prohibit it from being placed on the National Registry” says Mrs. Daniel. If the porch is restored, it could be placed on the National Registry. Dr. & Mrs. Daniel are quite content with the appearance of the house as it is and are proud that the house is listed on the State Registry in Baton Rouge. The interior of the home is even more interesting than the charming exterior. The formal entrance is one of many doors in the centrally located hall. Form this point, one can enter the parlor, master bedroom, study, dinning room and from there, the kitchen. The Daniel’s warm kitchen is a Southern treat. The upper floor of this house contains two large bedrooms an attic room (currently used as a play room). “Some contents were left in the house when we bought it. The prior owner said we could have the remaining contents for $100!” Mrs. Daniel stated spiritedly. Among the treasures that were acquired include three classic antique beds traditional armoires, out-of-the-ordinary petite rocker, old china cabinet, and many other miscellaneous treasures. “During restoration, we found an enchanting amethyst ring and a handsome “Knights of Pythias” sword in the wall,” Mrs. Daniel concluded.
The ambiance of living in a mid century home is an experience to relish.

Ghost Walk Script preformed by Glo Daniel in 2006

Well hello, there I’m glad to see you visitors, but I’m looking for my husband, the Major. He wanted so much to talk with you today, but he seems to have been called away. That’s not unusual. I guess I’ll have to share the story. I’m Elizabeth Bryan Hamilton, of the Amelia County Virginia Hamilton’s. How I ended up here in Minden is an interesting story, but seeing that we are honoring soldiers I’d rather tell you about the Major. Everyone calls him Major Hamilton, but his name is William Hamilton, and you know he really was a colonel, not a major. You’ve been hearing from those that fought in all the recent wars, but my Major was before all of them he fought back in 1813 and 1814. Of course he wasn’t MY Major back then; he was still married to my late sister, Mary. She passed on in 1828 and we got marred the next year, 1829.
Anyway, back to the story, the Major fought in part of the War of 1812, called the Creek War, down in Georgia. Oh, I forgot to tell you that both the Bryans and the Hamiltons moved to Hancock County Georgia. But the Major was actually a colonel on the staff of the famous General David Blackshear during the Creek War. Now, some people said the Major got that job just because the General was his brother-in-law, but that’s not true, he was a brave soldier. After my sister died, the major and I got married and began rearing a family back in Georgia, but quite a few of our family members went out west, to Louisianan. My nephew, or stepson, I’m not quite sure what to call him, David Blackshear Hamilton; he became a doctor and moved here to Minden. Did quite well, built a fine home here. IN fact, it’s still here today. It’s the McIntyre-oh, wait- I forgot how time changes things – you know it as the home of the Daniel family. Eventually, more of the children moved out here-after our daughter Elizabeth’s husband died she marred Clavin Leary who owned the Sunnyside Plantation – oops, there I go again, you know it as the Shadow Place in Dubberly. With so many of the children and grandchildren living here- David’s daughter she married John McIntyre, that’s how his house became the McIntyre house you see – the Major and I decided to move out here and let the children take care of us, particularly after times got so rough in Georgia during the War of Northern Aggression. So we came to live with David in our last days. The Major died in 1870 and I joined him up here in 1875, so that’s how these two Virginians ended up here in Minden. I’d hoped the Major would make it back by now, but looks like he won’t and I need to let you get on with your business. Enjoyed the visit and hope to see you again.



Hamilton Daniel House


Hamilton Graves/ Old Minden Cemetary Nov 06