Later Owners

In 1960 the Cottage was sold to Jack Johnson and his wife, Rose, who lived there until 1987. Little is known about the Johnson family, but it is evident that, in their later years, they found the upkeep of the house a burden and it fell into a state of disrepair.

When its painted interiors were discovered to be intact in 1987, and its historical significance as a Scottish labourer’s cottage recognized, it was purchased by Heritage Cambridge now ACO Cambridge and subsequently resold to private citizen, Tim Drennan, with stringent conditions for restoration.

Drennan agreed to the covenants and between 1988 and 1992 took on the daunting task of restoring the rather run-down building, doing much of the work himself. (The friezes and ceilings were conserved in 1990/91 by In Restauro Conservart Incorporated of Toronto with grants from the Preserving Ontario’s Architecture Program.)  Drennan lived in the Cottage until 1992 was responsible for much of the skilled restoration work you can see at the Cottage today. 

Tim Drennan

Tim Drennan (2015)

The cottage was then sold to the Laura and Doug Harding who lived there until 2001.

When the house was put up for sale again, instead of having a new commercial rezoning approved, Heritage Cambridge, the City of Cambridge and the Region of Waterloo came together in the purchase of the Cottage and in 2002 it became one of the Region of Waterloo museums – McDougall Cottage Historic Site.

McDougall Cottage