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The Frontenac Road

The Frontenac Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Frontenac Road

Photo from Google Street View ©2014 Google - Posted January, 2014

Plaque Location

The County of Frontenac
The Township of Central Frontenac
From Highway 7, 28 km east of Kaladar
follow Frontenac Road south
bearing left at the first split in the road
then 1 km to Ferguson Road (SW corner)

Coordinates: N 44 44.537 W 76 49.695


Plaque Text

Surveyed in 1852-53 by Thomas Fraser Gibbs, Provincial Land Surveyor, this route was opened as part of a network of "colonization roads" planned by the government to encourage settlement in the southern region of the Precambrian Shield. Under the supervision of Warren Godfrey construction began in Hinchinbrooke Township and by 1862 66 km of summer road had been built northward through Olden and Clarendon Townships to the intersection with the Mississippi Road. Seven years later a northern extension was completed to the Madawaska River. Although many free land grants offered along the road's course were taken up, poor soil and harsh climate discouraged large-scale settlement. Some portions of the road gradually fell into disuse, but most were incorporated into the county and township road systems.



Here are the visitors' comments for this page.

> Posted March 11, 2016
My name is Warren Craig Godfrey. I was named by my dad after Warren, that built the Frontenac Road. He is my direct great, great, great grandfather. Our cottage is still on the Bass Lake property, one mile from the Frontenac Road sign. Love to be in contact with relatives, didn't know there were many.
Craig Godfrey craig.godfrey0@icloud.com

> Posted November 22, 2015
Warren Godfrey was my 3x great grandfather. Where specifically were his father and grandfather and great grandfather from? Thanks. I think it was Samuel Hinckley from barnstable. mass. USA.? Does anyone know?

> Posted December 3, 2010
I am a new (visit time to time) visitor in this nice pristine environment. I wish we will keep this ecosystem as is. While I was reading the above plaque I was just trying to figure out the time and situation those great mans sacrificed for us. With due respect to them I will say "we should be greatful to them".
Masud, Dec.03.2010, Toronto

> Posted January 21, 2010
I travelled this road, and stopped to take photo's of this plaque. Warren Godfrey who was in charge of the construction of this road, was my Great-Great-Grandfather. Is there anywhere I can get more in-depth information about the building of this road. I do have an old letter, written many years ago from one aunt to another, where she tells of how Warren had to befriend the Indians of the territories to have safe passage for his workers, etc. She said he was given gifts of beautiful beaded bucksking jackets and boots. I guess construction was in the Godfrey blood, as one of his grandsons, My grandfather T.J. Godfrey was responsible for gaining government grants and was also in charge of the construction for the first highway from Chapleau Ontario down to Hwy 17, allowing automobile passage there rather than having to use the train only. His Brother, Damon Godfrey was drowned working on the locks at Sault Ste. Marie where he was also in charge of the construction there.
Vivian Bloom

> Posted August 28, 2009
Explored this route this afternoon on our way home to Kingston from Bon Echo Park. Very interesting.

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