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The Founding of Tara

The Founding of Tara

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Tara

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie
In Tara, in a park on the
east side of Yonge Street South (Road 10)
at the north side of the bridge

Coordinates: N 44 28.738 W 81 08.748


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Plaque Text

Soon after the survey of Arran Township was completed in 1851. John Hamilton and Richard Berford, early settlers in the area, located here along the Sauble River. The opening of the Owen Sound Post road stimulated the growth of a small community and in 1858 Berford registered a village plan. Situated in a rich agricultural region with abundant water power, the settlement developed quickly. By 1861 it contained saw and grist mills, a foundry producing agricultural implements, wagon works and a tannery, and the following year a post office was established. Tara became a thriving commercial and manufacturing centre and, in anticipation of the arrival of the Stratford and Huron Railway, it was incorporated as a village by a county by-law effective January 1, 1881.



Other Plaques in Tara
Cyclone Taylor 1885-1979
Sir William H. Hearst 1864-1941

Arran-Elderslie Plaques

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