Historical Value of The Laird House
The Laird’s were one of the first families in the Peel Region. They owned land for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Laird’s were well known as Empire Loyalists, owning the beautiful 2838 Bovaird West property in Brampton for over 100 years. The ornate detailing and decoration of the property displays high degree of craftsmanship possessed by the Laird family who build the structure in 1886 and were well known for building high-quality structures in the area. Peter Laird came to Upper Canada in 1833. He was the son of a ship builder that immigrated from Scotland. In 1885, the property had a fire causing the Laird home and barn to be destroyed and subsequently was rebuild by the Lairds. The only structure that still remains from the barn fire is the 2.75 Meter wall built from beautiful solid granite stone as it stands today.
Peter Laird’s close relative is Lucy Maud Montgomery- the author of Anne of Green Gables who also has stayed at the Laird House! It is also historically linked to the historic Hamlet of Norval. Which is considered a cultural heritage landscape. Now a days, the property is now Green Belt protected. Pictured below is Peter Laird and his family is 1855, courtesy of PAMA.
The Laird House is also home to the Otter Tribe as well as the Eagle Tribe. Both of which are a part of the Mississauga First Nations; settled in this area with The Loyalists.
The Laird House is especially important to us as there is a stunning ravine that runs through the property. This ravine is home to two endangered fish species and plants. We will lead nature walks and learn more about the importance of taking care and respecting the environment. This environmental program is implemented in schools and part of the Ontario Eco Studies initiative. The Credit Valley Conservation Authority also represent the Laird House initiative.
The Laird House is rich in history; which includes the history of:
- Lucie Maud Montgomery (Author of Anne of Green Gables)
- Home of the Otter Tribe and Eagle Tribe of the Mississauga First Nations
- Group of Seven Artist A.J. Casson
- Signing of the War of 1812 Treaty
- Major settlement of Canadian Loyalist