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The Toronto-Sydenham Road

The Toronto-Sydenham Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Toronto-Sydenham Road

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Township of Chatsworth
In Chatsworth, in a park on the west side of Highway 10
just south of Sideroad 1 / Massie Road

Coordinates: N 44 27.488 W 80 54.018


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Plaque Text

The northern terminus of this early "colonization road" was located near here at its junction with the "Garafraxa Road". In 1848 the government ordered Charles Rankin, P.L.S., to survey a road from Melancthon Township through the present counties of Grey and Dufferin which would attract settlers and provide a more direct connection between Sydenham (Owen Sound) and Toronto. Free grants of 20 ha lots were given to persons fulfilling the required settlement duties, and by 1851 some 400 families had taken up land. In 1852 almost 64 km of the road had been opened although portions were still impassable for wagons. Most of this old settlement road is still in use as Highway 10.

Related Ontario plaque
Charles Rankin 1797-1886


Chatsworth Plaques

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