Malcolm Kennedy House - Digital Archive

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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.

Malcolm Kennedy House

7735 Leslie Road W. Front Concession 10, Part Lot 36 Puslinch, ON
Photo of Malcolm Kennedy House

Biographical Info

The Malcolm Kennedy House was built in 1883 in an Ontario House style. The red brick farmhouse faced west, and featured a bay window and high-ceilinged rooms with narrow windows, a fine example of the architecture of the day (1880s-1900). The Beaton family added an east-facing addition to the rear of the farmhouse in 1919, carefully designing the expansion to match the architectural detailing of the original structure. Details such as an upper chapel window in the gable, soldier lintels, and decorative brick quoins around each window corner were also included. As of 2008, the Malcolm Kennedy Farmhouse had been expanded again, this time further east. The second expansion includes the chapel-windowed gable, a nineteenth-century style wrap-around porch, and board-and-batten in a heritage colour to blend well with the Kennedy and Beaton sections. 

Robert Forbes had received the deed from the Crown for the property in 1859. Forbes owned much of the surrounding land and operated a lumber business. Malcolm Kennedy purchased Part Lot 36 in 1883. Kennedy and his wife Agnes Hanning built a small red brick farmhouse in the same year. In 1900, because Kennedy had no family to take over the property, the farmhouse was sold to Thomas Beaton, and Kennedy retired to Morriston.

The property is historically associated with Scottish immigration from Badenoch, Inverness Shire, and the settlement of Badenoch in Puslinch.


Malcolm Kennedy House - Exterior

Malcolm Kennedy House - Exterior Windows

Categories: Decade Built – 1880s, Decade Plaqued – 2000s, Historical Association – Scottish/Scotland, Materials – Brick, One-and-a-half storeys, Ontario House Style