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The Founding of Teeswater

The Founding of Teeswater

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Teeswater

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

Plaque Location

The County of Bruce
The Municipality of South Bruce
In Teeswater, on the east side of Clinton Street South (Road 4)
in front of the second building south of Union Street East

Coordinates: N 43 59.952 W 81 17.212


Plaque Text

By 1855 the first permanent settlers on the site of Teeswater, the families of Matthew Hadwen and Peter Brown, had located here on the Tesswater River, In that year Brown erected a saw-mill and later added a grist-mill. In 1856 a post office was established with Hadwen as first postmaster. Although the settlement's early growth was slow, a tannery, a foundry, two taverns and a pearl-ash factory were in operation by 1867 when the population numbered some 400. The development of the community was spurred by the completion of a branch line of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway in 1874 from a point near Orangeville. Teeswater was incorporated as a Village on January 1, 1875, with a population of about 700.

Related Ontario plaque
Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway



South Bruce Plaques

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