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Founding of Simcoe
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004
The County of Norfolk
In Simcoe, in a park on the east side of Norfolk Street North
across from Union Street near the river
Coordinates: N 42 50.406 W 80 18.252
Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe's visit to this locality in 1795 led to a grant to Aaron Culver, one of the districts earliest settlers, on condition of building mills. By 1812 a hamlet had formed near these mills, but they were burnt and adjacent houses looted by U.S. troops in 1814. In 1819-23 Culver laid out a village which he named "Simcoe" and a post office with this name was opened in 1829. streets were surveyed in 1835-36, a court-house and gaol built, and Simcoe was made the seat of the new Talbot District in 1837. Incorporated in 1849, Simcoe, with a population of about 1600, became the County town of Norfolk County in 1850.
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