James Orme House and Barns - 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 Orme House and Barns

711 Arkell Road Concession 10, Rear Part Lots 7-9 Puslinch, ON
Photo of James Orme House and Barns

Biographical Info

The James Orme House was built in 1854, possibly by Peter Hume, a Scottish stonemason who lived nearby. It is an early and significant fieldstone and granite Georgian style house in the Puslinch Township. In addition to the two-storey Georgian farmhouse, Orme also started a farm on the property.

Of particular note is the associated large fieldstone barn (1868) and the stone stable (1871). A stone piggery, later demolished, formed the third arm of this traditional enclosed farmyard.

James Orme had emigrated from Scotland to Farnham Plains in 1832, purchasing Lots 7 to 9.

The property is historically associated with Scottish immigration and the settlement of Arkell. It is extremely agriculturally significant to Puslinch and Arkell, and is even cited in Canadian literature on barns. 


James Orme House and Barns - Exterior House

James Orme House and Barns - Exterior Barn

Categories: Decade Built – 1850s, Decade Plaqued – 2000s, Georgian/Neoclassical Style, Historical Association – Scottish/Scotland, Materials – Stone, Two-storeys