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Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009


Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Along the Thousand Islands Parkway on a gravel pull-over
on the south side between Highway 137 and Darlingside Drive

Coordinates: N 44 22.097 W 75 58.159


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Plaque Text

Darlingside is a rare surviving example of the wood depots which provided an essential fuelling service during the early phase of steamboat navigation on Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River. Thomas Darling, a Scottish immigrant, acquired the wood depot in the late 1830s and added a general store in 1845, both of which operated until the late 19th century. Steamers supplied goods for the store and took on cordwood for fuel and other local products for export. Prior to the railroads, depots like this were a vital link between Montréal-based forwarders and farmers and lumbermen in the interior.

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Leeds and the Thousand Islands Plaques

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