Morriston Hotel - 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.

Morriston Hotel

46 Queen Street Plan 135 Lot 2 & Part Lot 3 Morriston, Puslinch, ON
Photo of Morriston Hotel

Biographical Info

The Morriston Hotel was built in 1860. Prior to 1860, Alex Ochs had built a frame hotel, which was then purchased by the McPherson family. After a fire in 1860, Donald McPherson replaced the wood frame with a stone structure. The rare two-storey Georgian/Neoclassic building has a woodshed and ice house built to the rear of the hotel. To keep the hotel bar chilled in the warmer months, blocks of ice would be cut from the Morriston Pond in the winter and stored in the ice house.

In 1904, Copenhagen-born John Vogt purchased the hotel and re-named it the “Morriston Hotel.” As of 2011, renovations include a new roof, storm windows and doors, as well as a replaced wrought-iron railing for the balcony. The original doors with transoms have been preserved.

The property is historically associated with Puslinch hostelry and the community of Morriston. The Morriston Hotel is currently a private residence.


Morriston Hotel - Front Facade and Road

Morriston Hotel - Front Facade

Categories: Decade Built – 1860s, Decade Plaqued – 2010s, Georgian/Neoclassical Style, Materials – Stone, Two-storeys