In fact, it was occupied waaay back – at least as far back as the year 6000 B.C. Here is an excerpt from archaeologist Marti Latta’s Down by the Bay: Archeologists Discover Long History at Ashbridge’s Estate.
by Marti Latta
Although the homestead was gradually reduced, and later houses replaced the early log cabin, the property at 1444 Queen Street East remained the Ashbridge family residence for more than 200 years.
In addition to colonial remains, the excavation has uncovered Native Canadian artifacts.
These include distinctive Pickering Tradition ceramics (A.D. 1300-1400), various ground stone tools, and several projectile points ranging in age from A.D. 500 to a possible late Paleo-Indian point dating to approximately 6000 B.C.
The Pickering ceramics were associated with an undisturbed hearth. The site was clearly occupied long before the Ashbridges arrived.