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Niagara Agricultural Society 1792-1805

Niagara Agricultural Society 1792-1805

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Niagara Agricultural Society 1792-1805

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
On the east side of King Street just north of Picton Street

Coordinates: N 43 15.296 W 79 04.234


Plaque Text

The first organization devoted to the improvement of agriculture in Ontario was founded at Niagara. Its original name, the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada, reflected Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe's hope that it would become a province-wide organization. Its members, mostly merchants, politicians, clergymen and gentlemen farmers, met regularly for dinner and discussion. They imported new varieties of fruit trees to the Niagara peninsula in 1794 and sponsored the province's first agricultural fair in Queenston in 1799. The society folded in 1805 and left its collection of reference books to the Niagara Library. Although the society was short-lived, its scientific approach to farming anticipated the work of regional agricultural societies run by farmers after 1820.

Related Ontario plaques
John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806
The Niagara Library


Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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> Posted January 31, 2014
Francis Crooks was a member of the society. Do we know anything more about Crooks and the Society?
Allan Smith in Grimsby

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