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The Founding of Chesley

The Founding of Chesley

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Chesley

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
In Chesley, in a park on the east side of
1st Avenue South (Road 30) between
3rd Street SW and 4th Street SW

Coordinates: N 44 17.822 W 81 05.685


Plaque Text

A small settlement, "Sconeville", developed here following the erection of mills on the Saugeen River by Adam Elliot in 1858-59. A post-office, named after Solomon Chesley, a former Indian Department official, was established in 1865 and three years later village lots were laid out by Elliot's son, John. The hamlet quickly matured into a thriving community. In 1879, with over 900 inhabitants, it was incorporated as a Village and council meetings commenced in 1880. A branch of the Grand Trunk Railway, completed to Chesley the following year, facilitated its development as an important centre for several agricultural businesses and the shipment of produce, livestock, lumber and bark. By 1885, Chesley's population had risen to 1,400 and in 1906 it became a Town.



Arran-Elderslie Plaques

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