Trafalgar Township Historical Society

“Recognizing, documenting, educating and celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of North Oakville,Trafalgar Township”

Designated Buildings

per the Ontario Heritage Act, LACAC March 2000

The Amos Biggar House c.1816, 502 Dundas. It is believed that Amos Biggar, a United Empire Loyalist, built the original rectangular section of this house. it is a good example of the Classic revival. The house consists of a 1 1/2 storey rectangular original section with single storey additions to either side, quite possibly constructed by its next owner, Philip Box.

Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen c.1846, 1150 Dundas Street West. The church was designated in 1978, represents a Gothic Revival style reproduced on many churches of this period. The church is heavy buttressed on the front and along the sides of the building. In 1899 the church underwent some changes to the original frame, which was remodelled and bricked over. In 1925 the interior of the church was redecorated and the wood cedar shingles replaced with asphalt shingles.

The Squire James Appelbe House c.1850, 257 Dundas Street East. James Applebe came to Canada in 1815 and married Jemima McDuffy a descendent from the UEL family who were early settlers in Trafalgar Twp. arriving in 1808. James Applebe was postmaster, storeowner, Justice of the Peace, Treasurer of Trafalgar Twp. and one of the first directors of the Bank of Toronto. The house is an example of rural Oakville Vernacular style. It is a 1 1/2 storey farm residence, with a side gable roof, a central gable dormer, and a five bay facade. Four unique full-length windows with transoms distinguish the front elevation.

King’s Castle 21 Regency Court c.1854. Built by William Mackenzie King, a publisher who called his home Solitude. It was designated in 1978. It is a distinctively styled brick Gothic Revival House, with tall narrow gables, steeply pitched roof, pointed windows and decorative bargeboards and dependents. In 1858 there was a verandah around the building added by its fourth owner the Merry family. The book “God Is In The Attic” by H. Merry tells of the time his family lived in the home.

The Featherstone Farm House c.1870, 185 Burnamthorpe Road West. Built by farmer, John Featherstone. The house was taken over by his son William. William was Mayor of Oakville in 1914 and 1915. The house is of a Victorian Gothic style with a central gable and Gothic arched window. The interior has high baseboards, original wooden floors and ornate ceiling mouldings.

1105 Sixth Line, c.1870. Built during the early 1870’s for Jeremiah Hagaman. He was considered a carriage man of distinction and set up a factory in Oakville. He was one of Oakville’s first councillors, representing Ward One from 1859 until at least 1862. The house is a good example of second empire architecture, with a straight with flare mansard roof with hooded and scrolled dormers, bracketed cornice and decorative woodwork.

Munn’s United Church c.1898, 5 Dundas Street East. The first church on this site was erected in 1844 and was Methodist. A larger brick church was built in 1898. It is a well preserved example of Gothic Revival style prevalent in church architecture during the nineteenth century. It has retained the pointed windows, a palladian styled window, brick buttresses and stone window sills.

Open Archives

We host our Open House at the heritage Palermo School House. Check the calendar below for the next scheduled day.

Meet our archivist, search our archives, research township family history or just come to reminisce. You’ll never know who will show up with a fascinating new piece of local history.

Admission FREE but voluntary donations are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Sep
20
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Sep 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
3:30 pm Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Sep 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Sep
28
Sat
10:00 am Family Heritage Fair @ Palermo School House
Family Heritage Fair @ Palermo School House
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Trafalgar Township Historical Society-Family Heritage Fair is part of Doors Open Oakville. Join us to celebrate area history. Special guests and exhibits. Featured is the one-room schoolhouse. Share your documents,[...]
Oct
18
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Oct
26
Sat
10:00 am 3rd Annual Oakville Family Histo... @ Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
3rd Annual Oakville Family Histo... @ Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
October is Family History Month, and Oakville Public Library’s Family History Fair returns on October 26! Drop in to visit with historical and genealogical groups, family history vendors, or attend[...]
Nov
15
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
3:30 pm Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Nov 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm