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"The Old Mail Road"

The Old Mail Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Old Mail Road

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Town of The Blue Mountains
On the south side of Old Mail Road
1 km west of the village of Heathcote on Road 13

Coordinates: N 44 30.081 W 80 30.260


Plaque Text

For some years prior to the by-law which established it as a public road in 1846, this route had been travelled by settlers destined for the newly-opened townships of Osprey, Collingwood, Euphrasia and St. Vincent. From its junction near Duntroon with an extension of the Sunnidale Road, it ran some 34 km northwesterly to Griersville. Though it was entitled to maintenance by statute labour, the road was chronically in poor repair. Nevertheless, it remained an official road until its usefulness ended when the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Railway reached Collingwood in 1855. Save for this 8 km section still in use between Griersville and Heathcote, little evidence remains of the pioneer road.


Blue Mountains Plaques

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> Posted January 6, 2014
Hi Jeromy. I'm currently putting together some history of the Pretty River park. It looks like this mail road probably ran through the park on the west south end but I need proof. Do you know of any maps for this area showing this early road.
Steve Redman

> Posted December 1, 2010
Hi my name is Jeromy Currie. I have just moved to Duntroon, Ontario, and I live on Sydenham Trail which is part of the Old Mail Road. The house that I have is an old anglican rectory that was built by the church in 1882 and I'm trying to find any info on the house and the old mail road. If you have any info or pics I would love to see them.
Thanks. J Currie

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