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The Founding of Burlington

The Founding of Burlington

Photos and transcription by contributor Rick Mason - Posted May, 2016

The Founding of Burlington

Plaque Location

The Region of Halton
The City of Burlington
On the southwest corner of Brant Street and Ontario Street
north of Burlington City Hall

Coordinates: N 43 19.571 W 79 47.927


Plaque Text

In 1798 Joseph Brant, the celebrated Mohawk War Chief, was given a Crown grant of 1396 ha in this area. James Gage purchased land from the Brant Tract in 1810, and laid out a town site at the northern end of Burlington Beach from Brant Street easterly. Situated on the road, between York (Toronto) and Niagara, the settlement, known as "Wellington Square", prospered and a post office was opened in 1826. A tannery, pottery and steam grist-mill were in operation by 1846. Growth was further stimulated with the arrival in 1854 of the Great Western Railway. The hamlets of Wellington Square and Port Nelson were incorporated as the Village of Burlington in 1873 which became a town in 1914.

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Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) 1742-1807
Sir William James Gage 1849-1921
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Burlington Plaques

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