Waterdown Village Built Heritage Inventory
The Waterdown Inventory is an initiative to update the City of Hamilton’s database of information on heritage buildings in the village. The goal is to evaluate each property to determine if it has cultural heritage value or interest that should be recognized by adding it to the Municipal Heritage Register or further evaluated for potential designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The Waterdown Inventory is being conducted in parallel with the Waterdown Community Node Secondary Plan and will help inform the Plan policies and the development of urban design guidelines that will guide future change and development in the village.
Understanding the History of the Village
To understand the origin, evolution and historic patterns that define Waterdown, research has been done to identify key milestones and themes that helped shape its settlement and village development. Seven major eras in the village’s history have been identified:
- 7,500 BCE - 1660s: Indigenous Presence
- 1660s - 1810s: Military Influence and Euro-Canadian Settlement
- 1820s - 1860s: Mill Development and Village Establishment
- 1870s - 1900s: Village Incorporation and Stability
- 1910s - 1940s: A Time of Unrest and Great Change
- 1950s - 1960s: Residential Intensification
- 1970s - 2010s: Development, Amalgamation and Identity
Historic Context Statement - Draft August 2020
History of Waterdown
Chronological history of the Village of Waterdown highlighting key eras of development with significant dates & milestones.