Ontario's Historical Plaques 

Discover Ontario's history as told through its plaques

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Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010


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

Plaque Location

The County of Hastings
The City of Belleville
At the beginning of the park road in Victoria Park
west off South Front Street
just south of Dundas Street (Road 2)

Coordinates: N 44 09.498 W 77 22.937


Plaque Text

By 1790 the mill, tavern and stores established here near the Bay of Quinté had stimulated the growth of a settlement. Named "Belleville" in 1816, the village progressed steadily as a milling and shipping centre, and in 1834 the thriving community became a police village. The completion in 1856 of the Grand Trunk Railway between Toronto and Montreal, a booming lumber trade, and the development of a fertile agricultural hinterland fostered significant commercial and industrial growth in Belleville, which had became a town in 1850. Following the discovery of gold near Madoc in 1866, Belleville was known as the "golden gate" of Hastings County, and after 1872 became a major Canadian marketing centre for cheese. In 1877 it was incorporated as a city.



Belleville Plaques

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