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Joseph Schneider Haus

Joseph Schneider Haus

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

The Joseph Schneider House 1820

Photo from Google Street View ©2017 Google - Posted July, 2017

Joseph Schneider Haus

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted April, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Kitchener
On Queen Street South, west side, south of Courtland Avenue

Coordinates: N 43 26.676 W 80 29.683


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Plaque Text

Built around 1816, this house is a reminder of the migration of Pennsylvania-German Mennonites to Waterloo County in the early 19th century. The movement was led by Joseph Schneider, the builder of the house, and his brother-in-law Bishop Benjamin Eby, with the goal of creating a new colony in Upper Canada. The city of Kitchener grew up around their properties, becoming the centre of German culture in Ontario. One of the best preserved pioneer dwellings in the region, the house faithfully reflects the distinctive vernacular plan developed by Mennonites in the pre-revolutionary American colonies.

Another plaque at this location
The Joseph Schneider House 1820

Related Ontario plaques
Waterloo County
Bishop Benjamin Eby, 1785-1853
First Mennonite Settlement



Kitchener Plaques

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