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The Founding of Shelburne

The Founding of Shelburne

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2004

The Founding of Shelburne

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Dufferin
The Town of Shelburne
On the southeast corner of
Main Street East and Victoria Street
1 block east of the traffic lights

Coordinates: N 44 04.708 W 80 12.205


Plaque Text

Settlement of Melancthon Township began in the late 1840's and coincided with the construction of the Toronto-Sydenham Road. By the 1860's settlers had moved into the Shelburne area and in 1865 William Jelly, one of the community's earliest inhabitants, established the British Canadian Hotel, commonly known as Jelly's Tavern. Within a year the settlement included a post-office named Shelburne, reportedly after the Earl of Shelburne. In 1872 Jelly and his brother John ordered the survey of a village plot in anticipation of the arrival of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway. Rapid economic growth followed and the population increased from 70 in 1869 to 750 in 1877. Two years later Shelburne was incorporated as a Village and, in 1977, it became a Town.

Related Ontario plaque
Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway



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