Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Samuel Jeffrey House, c. 1883

I have spent the past few days researching our new house and have really enjoyed finding out some of the history behind it.  I'm hoping that once we move in and begin some of the renovations that we have planned, we might find some more interesting hints to the past that will help to piece together more of this property's story.

Although the house is referred to as the Samuel Jeffrey House, it was actually built by Thomas Courtice in 1883. Courtice was a well known harness and saddle maker in Port Perry, and was the nephew of one of the first settlers in the area, for whom Courtice, ON is named after. In 1926, the property was sold to Courtice's business partner Samuel Jeffrey.  The Jeffrey family lived in the home for about 30 years, then sold it to James Wilkin in April 1954.  The house was sold again two years later, then again, to the couple who we are purchasing it from, in 1971. On June 30, ownership will change again as we take possession of the property.
The home has been featured in a few books, including Historic Homes and Estates - Port Perry and Uxbridge - Scugog Historic Homes & Heritage Buildings, both written by Paul Arculus and J.P. Hvidsten.  It is currently listed on the Scugog Township Heritage Registry and featured under the "Century Homes" section at

1. Arculus, P. & J.P. Hvidsten, Uxbridge-Scugog Historic Homes & Heritage Buildings, c. 2005

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