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The Grand River Mission

Grand River Mission

Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Grand River Mission

Plaque Location

The County of Brant
On the south side of Salt Springs Church Road
1 km east of Road 18, Street Number 61

Coordinates: N 43 05.946 W 80 12.710


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Plaque Text

The establishment of this mission in 1822 began Methodist missionary work among the province's Indians, and the following year the Reverend Alvin Torry organized the first congregation at an Indian settlement known as Davisville. Within two years services were also being held here at Salt Springs where in 1828-29 the Indians erected a frame church which soon became the headquarters for the mission. Through the efforts of George and William Ryerson and others, the Salt Springs congregation grew, but after 1834 a rapidly increasing proportion of its membership consisted of white settlers who were replacing the Indians in the area. After the erection of an Indian church south of the Grand, a brick church was completed here in 1860 and was replaced by the present structure in 1902.

First Nations

Brant County Plaques

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