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Founding of Baysville

Founding of Baysville

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2018

Founding of Baysville

Photo by contributor Brian Bockus - Posted May, 2017

Plaque Location

The District of Muskoka
The Township of Lake of Bays
In Baysville, on Bay Street at Bridge Street
1 block south of Highway 117

Coordinates: N 45 08.916 W 79 06.796


Plaque Text

Surveyed in 1862 by Robert T. Burns, P.L.S., McLean Township was opened for settlement in 1868 under the Free Grants and Homestead Act of that year. The three lots of which much of Baysville is located were granted in 1871 to William H. Brown (1840-1920), a sawyer from the vicinity of Brantford. Brown, who filed subdivision plans in 1873 and 1875, built a sawmill which became the nucleus of the settlement. He served as postmaster of this community, 1874-1920, as reeve of McLean and Ridout Townships, 1876-85, and as warden of Victoria County in 1885. Baysville, well served by roads and accessible by steamboat, soon became a well-known resort for vacationers and sportsmen.

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Steamboating in Muskoka 1866-1959


Lake of Bays Plaques

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> Posted April 4, 2016
It is Jo ann Pfaff looking for concession 7 lot 2 McLean twp. Land grant to ancestor John Casey Parlee 1872. He was from the Brant area and his daughter married James Allen. Thank you for reading.
Jo ann j.pfaff@sympatico.ca

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