City preserves property once owned by founder of Fergus

For Immediate Release - July 16, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON –The City of Burlington recently demonstrated its commitment to heritage by voting to preserve a property once owned by the founder of Fergus, Ont., in north Aldershot.

The former Adam Fergusson property, called Woodhill, is located on the Niagara Escarpment at 398 Mountain Brow Rd. in north Aldershot. It is viewed by historians as having value not just in the house, the original portion of which was built in 1833, but in the property with its sweeping view of Burlington Bay and Hamilton Harbour.

“This home is of national heritage interest,” said Alana Mullaly, planner and heritage expert with the city. “The property is particularly significant for its association with Adam Fergusson, advocate, statesman and agriculturalist and its association with his son, Adam Johnson Fergusson Blair, advocate and statesman.”

The designation of the Fergusson home is the product of an agreement reached by the current property owner and the city.

“Our aim is to encourage active use of heritage buildings so they can have added value to families and the community,” said Bruce Krushelnicki, the city’s director of planning and building. “The city worked with the family who owns the property to ensure enjoyment of the home and property while protecting its historical features for generations to come.”

The City of Burlington’s heritage conservation planning policy is based on the Provincial Policy Statement and its application within the city’s Official Plan. For more information about heritage conservation planning in Burlington, visit and click on Visiting Burlington, History and Heritage.



Communications Contact:
Donna Kell
Manager, Public Affairs
Tel. 905-335-7841
Fax. 905-632-9082

Media Contact:
Alana Mullaly
Planner, City of Burlington
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7870
Fax. 905-335-7880


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