Sometimes the best way to get to know the city you live in is by experiencing what it used to be. Mississauga is full of new developments, but there’s still lots of historic landmark sites that has been restored so visitors to the city – or its residents – can experience them at any time. Here’s the best historic buildings that you must see in Mississauga.
The Cherry Hill House
Built in 1817, this house is oldest surviving homes in Mississauga and was moved from its original location at the intersection of Cawthra Road and Dundas Road East. It was built on a small hill that overlooked Joseph and Jane Silverthorn’s 200-acre farm. The driveway to the house was line with cherry trees that were transplanted all the way from New Jersey when the Silverthorn’s moved to the area in 1807. After they passed away, the house fell apart but was restored and moved to its current location in 1973. In 1979 it was opened to the public as a restaurant and pub. You can find this landmark at 680 Silver Creek Blvd in Mississauga.
This historic landmark is the oldest structure in Streetsville, and the oldest commercial building in Mississauga. Built in 1821, it was originally home to Barnhart’s trading post and general store, and eventually a newspaper was started in the upper part of the home in 1843. This newspaper eventually became the Streetsville Review. With very few renovations or alterations this building is still serving commercial purposes in Streetville, and you can find it 210 Queen Street South.
Leslie Log House
Built in 1826 by John Leslie, who came to Mississauga in 1824 from Scotland, this log home is one of very few that hasn’t been replaced by more modern homes in the area. It was originally located in the northern portion of Streetsville, but was moved to is current location at 4415 Mississauga Road in 1994. Today this home is owned by the City of Mississauga, and is used as a home to the Streetsville Historical Society and Archives.
This building, built in 1828, is also known as the Robinson-Adamson House and only had one private owner in its history. The original builder, Sir John Beverly Robinson, was the Chief Justice of Upper Canada and he used this home as a summer retreat and an early administration office. This house was donated to the City of Mississauga in 1978 and is now the official home of Heritage Mississauga. Before it was donated to the city it served as a home for numerous public officials, and can be found at 1921 Dundas Street West.
This historic landmark is believed to be the sole surviving resident of the families of Merigold’s Point. The builder of this home, Lewis Bradley, received a land grant in 1810 and built a log cabin on that land. Later, him and his wife built this 1 ½ storey farmhouse in 1830. Over time, this house has been restored and maintained to ensure it reflects what everyday life would have been like in that era. It was moved from its original location, which was close to the lake, it is still located on part of the initial 200-acre Bradley farm at 1620 Orr Road. This house has been turned into a museum that is open to the public, and is part of the Museums of Mississauga network.
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