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The Founding of Gravenhurst

The Founding of Gravenhurst

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2005

The Founding of Gravenhurst

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Town of Gravenhurst
On the northwest corner of Harvie Street and 1st Street North

Coordinates: N 44 55.265 W 79 22.390


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Plaque Text

The Muskoka Road, constructed to open the district north of Washago for settlement, had reached this point at the head of Lake Muskoka by 1859. A community soon developed and in 1862 a post-office named Gravenhurst was opened here. Four years later Alexander Cockburn launched the "Wenonah", the first steamboat on the Muskoka Lakes, and Gravenhurst was established as the southern terminus of navigation and the centre of a developing tourist industry. Lumbering further accelerated the village's development and the extension of the Toronto Simcoe and Muskoka Junction Railroad to Gravenhurst, its northern terminal, in 1875, consolidated its position as the "Gateway to Muskoka". The community, with over 850 inhabitants, was incorporated as a village by a County by-law of 1877.

Related Ontario plaques
The Muskoka Road 1858
Steamboating in Muskoka 1866-1959
Toronto, Simcoe and Muskoka Junction Railway Company


Gravenhurst Plaques

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> Posted September 12, 2013
Grew up in Gravenhurst. Am trying to find out names of early settlers in Gravenhurst. Grandfather George Arthur Holmes. Father Lloyd Holmes. Also am trying to find out early information of Fitchett family. My mother's maiden name was Fitchett.

> Posted November 21, 2011
My grandmother Thelma Berth Rogers Groves was born in Gravenhurst; I know not much else about her. Any Rogers or Groves left there that perhaps could help?

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