John Calfas Log 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.

We recognize that when the first Euro‐Canadian settlers arrived in what is now Puslinch Township, the Anishinaabe ancestors of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation had long established hunt camps in the area. Through written and verbal accounts we understand that the Anishinaabe interacted with the settlers in a friendly and cooperative manner. It is acknowledged that the development of the Township encroached upon their traditional way of life resulting in their displacement.

John Calfas Log House

56 Queen Street Rear Concession 7, Part Lot 31 Morriston, Puslinch, ON
Photo of John Calfas Log House

Biographical Info

The John Calfas Log House was built in 1842 by Johannes (John) Calfas. There have been a number of renovations including raising the roof and adding dormers. The hewed log house is considered significant and rare, and is now directly south of a memorial garden.

Johannes (John) Calfas and his family were among the first pioneer families in the Morriston area. They were among the first Palatinate-German group of settlers in the Morriston area. When Morriston was surveyed into 3 sections, the western portion was called “Calfass Survey,” from Queen to Victoria Street. The stone house that Calfas built to the south in 1851 was demolished in 2021.

The property is historically associated with the founding families of Calfas, Winer, Morlock and Stein as well as German immigration and the settlement of Morriston.


John Calfas Log House - Front Facade

John Calfas Log House - Exterior and road

Categories: Decade Built – 1840s, Decade Plaqued – 2010s, Historical Association – German/Germany, Materials – Wood, One-and-a-half storeys, Traditional Log House Style