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Founding of Burritt's Rapids

Founding of Burritt's Rapids

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2005

Founding of Burritt's Rapids

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Municipality of North Grenville
In Burritts Rapids, on the east side of Grenville Street
just south of the bridge
on the south side of the Community Hall


Coordinates: N 44 58.902 W 75 47.812

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Plaque Text

In 1793 Stephen and Daniel Burritt, two brothers from Arlington, Vermont, settled in this vicinity. A bridge, sawmill and school were built here at "Daniel Burritt's Rapids" before 1826. In 1830, Henry Burritt, Daniel's nephew, began to develop his property on the Oxford side of the river. By 1831 a store, tavern and several houses were built and, on the Marlborough Township side, Christ Church was begun. A post office called "Burritt's Rapids" was opened in 1839 and later a town plot was surveyed and several additional mills built. With the opening of the Rideau Canal this milling centre flourished but it was later bypassed by the railways and its importance gradually diminished.

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Rideau Canal 1826-1832

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