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Prescott Barracks and Hospital

Prescott Barracks and Hospital

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Prescott Barracks and Hospital

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Town of Prescott
On the east side of East Street
just south of Dibble Street East

Coordinates: N 44 42.741 W 75 30.747


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Plaque Text

The front portion of this structure one of the earliest surviving military buildings in Ontario, was constructed as a residence about 1810 by Colonel Edward Jessup, the founder of Prescott. Following the outbreak of the War of 1812, the stone house was appropriated for use as a barracks by local militia and, later, British regulars. It was soon enclosed within a stockade with other buildings, including a log schoolhouse also converted for barracks. Although a fort was completed nearby in 1814, the Jessup building continued to form part of the strategically located Prescott garrison. Between 1815 and 1817 it served as a combined hospital and barracks store, and in 1823 the British force purchased the house from the Jessup family.


War of 1812

Prescott Plaques

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