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Joseph Silverthorn, Dixie
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Title: Joseph Silverthorn, Dixie
Identifier: MC0661
Date of Original Photo: 1877
Image Type: B&W drawing
Subject: Silverthorn, Joseph, 1785-1879

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Description: A portrait of Joseph Silverthorn from the 1877 Historical Atlas of Peel County. Joseph Silverthorn was born December 7, 1785 in New Jersey. His parents came to Canada in 1786 and settled on a farm near Lundy's Lane. Joseph married Jane Chisholm on March 17, 1807. He received a Crown Grant of 200 acres on Lot 11, Concession 1, NDS, on 6 November of that year on which he built his house, Cherry Hill, which may be the oldest house in Mississauga. The stone foundation is said to date from 1811, while the main structure was built in 1822. The name derives from the cherry trees which lined the driveway from the gate to the barn. Ownership of Cherry Hill passed from the Silverthorn family in the 1950s, and it was eventually acquired by S. B. McLaughlin and Associates, who moved the house to its present location in 1974. Cherry Hill was then leased to Triomphe Inc. who fully restored it and opened the Cherry Hill House Restaurant and Duke of Marlborough pub in 1979. It has undergone several changes of ownership since then but is still operated as a restaurant and is designated under the terms of the Ontario Heritage Act.
Agency: Mississauga Library System