Notice of Intention to Designate: 12035 Dixie Road

12035 Dixie Road Heritage Building

TAKE NOTICE that the Town of Caledon intends to designate an 8.64 acre portion of the property at 12035 Dixie Road as being of cultural heritage value or interest under Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter O.18.


The property is located on the east side of Dixie Road at the northeast corner of the intersection of Dixie Road and Mayfield Road, being part of the west half of Lot 18, Concession 4 EHS, geographic Chinguacousy Township, Town of Caledon, Regional Municipality of Peel. The property is east of the historic village of Snelgrove.

Historical Significance

The historical or associative value of this property is found in its direct association with two prominent Chinguacousy families, Hearn and Cation, and its longevity of occupancy/ownership by both. The farm was developed by William Hearn, who had received the Crown Patent for the 100 acres of the west half of Lot 18 in 1838. The Hearns owned the property until 1900, when it was sold to David H. Cation; the property has remained in the Cation family for over 120 years. 

The design or physical value of the property rests with its Italianate-style brick residence and late 19th century Central Ontario style barn. Likely built between 1847 and 1861, the dwelling is an early and significant example of the vernacular interpretation of an Italianate farmhouse in Caledon. Its Italianate design elements include a hip roof, projecting gable bay, strong corners, tall chimneys, brackets, and dichromatic brickwork. The barn is a representative example of a Central Ontario gambrel-roofed barn style, which were commonly constructed throughout rural Ontario in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The barn is characterized by its gambrel-roofed silhouette, hand-hewn timber framing, vertical wood board cladding, and the remnants of its original stone foundation. The property has contextual value as a prominent landmark, contributing to an understanding of the character and evolution of the farming community in this area. It is a remnant feature of the historic crossroads hamlet of Mayfield.

Contact Information

Please contact Heritage staff for further information regarding the heritage attributes and cultural heritage value of this property.

Any person may, within thirty days of the publication of this notice, serve the Clerk notice of their objection to the proposed designation in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, setting out the reason for the objection and all relevant facts.

By Email 

Laura Hall
Director, Corporate Services/Town Clerk

By mail, courier or personal delivery attention

Laura Hall, Corporate Services/Town Clerk
6311 Old Church Road
Caledon ON L7C 1J6