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The Quaker Settlement at Sparta

The Quaker Settlement at Sparta

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Quaker Settlement at Sparta

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

Plaque Location

The County of Elgin
The Municipality of Central Elgin
1.2 km west of Road 36 in Sparta
at the cemetery on the south side of Road 27
at street number 46870


Coordinates: N 42 42.167 W 81 05.620

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Plaque Text

Jonathan Doan (1765-1847), a member of the Society of Friends, came to Upper Canada from Pennsylvania about 1789. He settled first in the Niagara peninsula, and then purchased 80 ha of wilderness here in South Yarmouth Township in 1813. A few years later Doan became a land agent for the Honourable James Baby. He acquired 1215 ha for settlement and revisited Niagara and Pennsylvania to recruit fellow Quakers. A community known as the Quaker Settlement, or Yarmouth Corners developed around Doan's farm, grist-mill and tannery. In 1820 he donated the land for a meeting house and this burying ground. The name Sparta was adopted by the settlement in 1832.

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Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted September 8, 2011
I was in Sparta a little while ago and one of the ladies mentioned to me they have a $12.00 supper at the Quaker Meeting House coming up. I believe it is to help fund a lady who goes to Africa each winter to help the people there. Wold you be so kind as to let me know when the supper is and the time etc.
thank you Brian Terry

> Posted February 15, 2010
The picture above is perfect info for me. It's a great way to learn a bit about my relative.

> Posted June 18, 2008
Sparta is a lovely town in a beautiful setting and everyone has worked hard to restore and preserve the historically important aspects of it. My congratulations to you for a job well done. It is a delightful area to visit.
Dee Sager
Neosho, Missouri USA




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