Hugh O'Neil's (1913- 2006) family had a long history in Mississauga, first arriving in Streetsville in 1867. Hugh was the fourth generation to farm in the area after he took over the family farm when his father died in 1931. Hugh was considered a market garden farmer selling produce at a stand at his home. He sold apples, potatoes, carrots, strawberries, raspberries and asparagus as well as peaches and cherries from Niagara farmers. Hugh was considered the last apple farmer in Mississauga when he died at the age of 93 in 2006.
The O'Neil farm was demolished in 2008 but the Museums of Mississauga was fortunate enough to be able to salvage many artifacts from the house and barn. Hugh was a "pack rat" which resulted in a huge collection of artifacts being saved including original apple crates from local farms, fruit and vegetable baskets, fruit picking ladders, a barn heater and even the door off an old truck.
This collection captures the last remnants of the city's farming past.