Woodhill, Fergusson Homestead, Waterdown, Burlington

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project

The essence of the value of this property can be found in the most obvious yet unexpected place: a simple plaque mounted on the building that approximately states: Woodhill was the home founded by the Honourable Adam Fergusson, Advocate, Statesman, and Agriculturalist, 1833. Had Fergusson played only the first two roles, those of advocate and statesman, the lands at Woodhill would be of lesser cultural value. However it is the third term that so strongly weds land, outbuildings, and house – for this was the model farm of a highly educated agriculturalist so motivated to improve the lot of poor Scottish farmers that he traveled North America at his own expense hoping the unfortunate crofters could find new hope. And many did – right alongside Adam Fergusson who, in mid-life, must also have found new hope on this very Burlington property.

Heritage Evaluation Study