James Anderson House - Digital Archive

The Digital Archive and complementary Interactive Heritage Register Map are initiatives to provide historical information regarding properties included on the Township’s Heritage Register. The Digital Archive only includes properties which have consented to include their heritage property on this archive.

The lands we know today as the Township of Puslinch have been home to
Indigenous peoples since time immemorial. We acknowledge that we are on the
traditional territory of the Hatiwendaronk, as well as the treaty lands and traditional
territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee.

With increasing encroachment by non-Indigenous settlers in the Township of Puslinch, the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee could not continue their traditional lifestyle and settled in their villages along the Credit River and in the Grand River Valley. These Indigenous nations uphold their Treaty Rights within our jurisdiction.

Today, the Township of Puslinch remains home to Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to share and respect Mother Earth and are committed to building constructive and cooperative relationships with Indigenous nations.

James Anderson House

4855 Pioneer Trail Concession 5, Part Lot 13 Puslinch, ON
Photo of James Anderson House

Biographical Info

The James Anderson House was likely built in the 1860s. The two-storey farmhouse was constructed of triple brick in a 5-bay Italianate style, with double-arched windows above the center hall front door.

The first known owner of Lot 13 was Archibald Steele, who sold the property to James Anderson, the “Laird of Puslinch,” in 1861. Anderson was known as a “gentleman farmer,” meaning he would only oversee the farmwork by hired help, rather than doing any of the physical labour himself. He sold the “Springfield” farm in 1909.

The James Anderson House is historically associated with livestock breeding, wholesale purchases of farm equipment, and the Puslinch Farmer’s Club.


James Anderson House - Exterior

James Anderson House - Exterior Side

Categories: Decade Built – 1860s, Decade Plaqued – 2000s, Historical Association – English/England, Italianate Style, Materials – Brick, Two-storeys