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The Founding of Spencerville

The Founding of Spencerville

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

The Founding of Spencerville

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
In Spencerville, on the north side of Road 21
street number 18, 2 blocks west of Road 44

Coordinates: N 44 50.538 W 75 32.879


Plaque Text

By 1821 Peleg Spencer was operating a grist-mill and sawmill on the South Nation River on a Clergy Lot he had leased in 1817, having previously owned a sawmill on the site from 1811 till 1814. David Spencer, son of Peleg, took over the mills in 1822 and patented the mill lot in 1831. By 1828 an Inn was located near "Spencer's Mills" and a settlement developed. David Spencer had a village plot surveyed in the 1840's and a post-office, called "Spencerville", had been opened by October, 1846. In 1851 the village numbered some 250 inhabitants with a tannery and other industries, as well as Spencer's mills, which were later rebuilt in stone across the river.



Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Plaques

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