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The Founding of Port Dover

The Founding of Port Dover

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2005

The Founding of Port Dover

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted October, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Norfolk
In Port Dover, on the south side of Harbour Street
opposite St. Andrew Street (Note: In August 2018, Wayne Adam reported that this plaque is missing from this location)

Coordinates: N 42 47.091 W 80 11.944


Plaque Text

By 1794 Peter Walker, the first settler in this area, had located at the mouth of Patterson's Creek, but a community did not begin to develop here until Dover, situated further upstream, was razed by invading American troops in 1814. Some of the subsequent reconstruction took place nearer to the creek's mouth where a harbour had been in use since the early 1800's and in 1835 Israel Wood Powell, a merchant, registered a village plan for Port Dover. Improvement to the harbour during the next fifteen years made Port Dover a principal Lake Erie port and shipyards, tanneries, and Andrew Thompson's woollen-mill contributed substantially to local economic growth. In 1879 Port Dover, with a population of 1,100 became an incorporated village.


Port Dover Plaques

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> Posted February 9, 2017
I had the privilege of visiting beautiful Port Dover whilst in Canada for 2 short weeks last year. It is an utterly charming little place and I envy, (in the nicest possible way), those lucky folks who dwell there! Maybe I will be lucky enough to visit again. I sincerely hope so. :)
Caroline Quigg carolquigg106@gmail.com

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