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Canada's First Commune

Canada's First Commune

Photos by contributor Roger Taguchi - Posted August, 2014

Canada's First Commune

 

Canada's First Commune

Plaque Location

The County of Lambton
The City of Sarnia
At the back fence behind Bright's Grove Public School
on Hamilton Road across from Wildwood Drive
a block north of Lakeshore Road (Road 7)


Coordinates: N 43 01.902 W 82 15.785

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Plaque Text

In 1829 Henry Jones of Devon, England, a retired purser in the Royal Navy, brought a group of more than 50 emigrants from the United Kingdom to this area where he established a settlement on a 400 ha tract of land on Lake Huron. An early supporter and dedicated follower of Robert Owen, the well-known British social reformer, Jones named the settlement "Maxwell" and organized the community on the basis of common ownership and collective living. The settlers built a large log house with the community kitchen, and dining room but separate rooms for each family. A school and storehouse were added. Within a few years, however, disappointing harvests and the burning of the log house led the colonists gradually to abandon the enterprise.

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