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Founding of Merrickville

Founding of Merrickville

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Founding of Merrickville

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Village of Merrickville-Wolford
On the north side of Main Street East (Road 43)
across from Elgin Street, 1 block east of Road 15

Coordinates: N 44 54.981 W 75 50.132


Plaque Text

In 1793 William Merrick (1760-1844), a Loyalist from Massachusetts, acquired from Roger Stevens a sawmill at the "Great Falls" on the Rideau River. Here he built new mills which formed the nucleus of a small community that grew up before 1816 and was known as "Merricks Mills". The establishment of new settlements on the Rideau and the building of the canal, 1826-32, stimulated the growth of the village. streets were laid out and a post office named "Merrickville" was opened in 1829. By 1850 the community contained about 700 persons, two flour mills, a cloth factory and other industries, and was incorporated as a village in 1860.

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Merrickville-Wolford Plaques

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