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Petty House

"John Petty, a wagon maker, built this as a home and a shop.  It was conveniently located next to the blacksmith, who supplied metal fittings for the sleighs, carriages and wagons.  Petty cured the spokes for wagon wheels for seven years, and then placed them in green wood hubs and ribbing to ensure a tight fit.  The shop was sold to Patterson and Clendennan, then Booth and Burkee, and finally to Samuel Honsberger.

The original house burned down in the 1894 fire that destroyed many of the homes in Jordan.  Honsberger sold the land to A.K. Wismer and Morgan Wismer, who built the present house in 1900.  The carriage making business continuted until 1918, when the advent of the motorcar made carriages redundant." 

A Walking Tour of The Village of Jordan

On the south side of the house is a coffin door, now hidden by relatively recent construction.

Further Information

A Walking Tour of The Village of Jordan brochure revised 2008, is available at the Jordan Historical Museum  of the Twenty, Heritage House, for a $2.00 donation.  They are located 2 blocks south of the Heritage Gift Shop at 3800 Main Street.  Phone: 905-562-5242 for hours and availability. 

Ownership & Management

Private Residence


Petty House
3769 Main Street
Jordan, Ontario
L0R 1S0 Municipality Town of Lincoln


(905) 562-5242

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.14605740240
Longitude -79.36933195650
UTM easting 632599
UTM northing 4778325


Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty
3800 Main Street
Jordan, Ontario
L0R 1S0
Tel (905) 562-5242
Fax (905) 562-7786
Email museum@lincoln.ca
Website www.lincoln.ca/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=69

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