The village of Churchville is located in a scenic portion of the Credit River Valley. Dominated by its rural setting and modest vernacular buildings, this settlement area has undergone significant changes since it was first settled almost 160 years ago. A number of buildings survive to this day. Built predominantly of timber frame, they represent a local tradition of vernacular rural structures. Some have been altered over the years with the addition of a variety of new synthetic claddings.
The rural character of Churchville provides a distinctive context for these buildings. Narrow tree lined roads, scenic views over the surrounding landscape, and the ever-present influence of the Credit River and its steep valley sides provide a great diversity in such a relatively small area. Additionally, a number of archaeological sites are located in and around Churchville attesting to the enduring attractiveness of the Credit Valley as a settlement area.
The Churchville Heritage Conservation District (HCD) was established in 1990, and was one of the first heritage conservation districts in the Province. It remains Brampton’s only heritage conservation district. As Brampton continues to grow, it is increasingly important that the distinct heritage character of Churchville continue to be preserved and enhanced.