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Notice of Intention to Designate - 17070 Horseshoe Hill Road

Posted on Monday July 08, 2019

Baxter Farmhouse, 17070 Horseshoe Hill Road

TAKE NOTICE that the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Caledon intends to designate the following property as being of cultural heritage value or interest under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter O.18:

The house located on this property is also known as the Baxter Farmhouse built by Scottish settlers Malcolm and Margaret Baxter. It was owned by the original family and their descendants from 1822 to 2011. The farmhouse was built for John Baxter between 1851 and 1861; it is a two-storey Georgian Revival brick dwelling.

The farm on the property was approximately 200 acres and was intersected by the Toronto, Grey & Bruce Railway right of way in the 1870s. The site also has a past association with the first railway constructed through Caledon Township and the tragic accident at Horseshoe Curve in 1907. George Baxter was occupying the 1850s dwelling and provided assistance at the accident site.

The longevity of single-family ownership of the property combined with the high quality craftmanship and exterior features, make this an important resource of the Town of Caledon’s built heritage.

Any person may submit, within thirty days of the publication of this notice sent by registered mail or delivered to the Clerk’s attention, his or her objection to the proposed designations, together with a statement of the reasons for the objection and all relevant facts. If a notice of objection is received, the Council for The Corporation of the Town of Caledon will refer the matter to the Conservation Review Board for a hearing and report.