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Johnstown 1789

Johnstown 1789

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Johnstown 1789

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
In Johnstown, in a little park
on the northeast corner of Road 2 and Road 16
right near the Prescott Ogdenburg International Bridge

Coordinates: N 44 44.691 W 75 27.952


Plaque Text

In 1789-90 a town plot of 1.6 km square was laid out in this vicinity. Many loyalists, including Sir John Johnson, obtained lots in this settlement. A sawmill and grist-mill were constructed, and in 1793 it was made the administrative centre of the Eastern District. A courthouse and gaol were erected and the court of quarter sessions, which administered the district's local government, met alternately here and in Cornwall. Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe stayed in Johnstown in 1792 and 1795. In 1808 the courts were moved to Elizabethtown (Brockville) and despite its favourable location as a port, Johnstown's further development was retarded by its shallow harbour.

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Sir John Johnson's Mills
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John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806


Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Plaques

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