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History

Local History

The Township of Puslinch proudly remembers its past and continues to honour its history through the preservation of historical architecture, artifacts, and sites. Although some pieces of history can't be preserved, the Township values celebrating historical landmarks and those who have influenced the Township and left their mark on the community.

A large majority of the early settlers in the Township were Highland Scottish.  Other groups included settlements of Germans in Morriston, English in Arkell and Irish Catholics in the Downey Road and Brock Road areas.  The Township was not always recognized by the name we know today. Throughout history, Puslinch was identified by many different names such as Puselynch, Posselinch, and Puzzlewitch.

In the last century, many noteworthy organizations have been founded in the Township. Some of these organizations are Aberfoyle Agricultural Society, Farmers' Institute, Plowman's Association, Women's Institute, Red Cross, Mutual Fire Insurance, Patrons of Industry, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Sons of Scotland, Independent Order of Foresters, Board of Health, Aberfoyle Athletic Club, Progressive Club, Horticulture Society, Morriston Public Library, and Aberfoyle Literary Society.

The Puslinch Historical Society provides valuable information, research, and insights about the heritage of the Township. You may also want to check out the Puslinch Heritage Committee Mandate.

You can also learn more about Puslinch's history through the Clarks of Tomfad website.

Further information and related topics of interest can be found at the Ontario Heritage Act and the Wellington County Archives.