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The Dutch Settlement of Holland Marsh

The Dutch Settlement of Holland Marsh

Photo Source - Wikipedia

The Dutch Settlement of Holland Marsh

Photo Source - Wikipedia

The Dutch Settlement of Holland Marsh

Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted June, 2013

Plaque Location

The Village of Nieuwe Pekela
On the side of an arch to the east of this brick building

Editor's Note
Thanks go to contributor George Nassas for his work
in locating these plaques.

Coordinates: N 53 04.430 E 06 57.673


Plaque Text

The Holland Marsh consists of 2832 ha of reclaimed land in a river valley north of Toronto, Ontario. Named after an early provincial official, this fertile area was drained between 1925 and 1930. John Snor, Canadian Representative of the Netherlands Emigration Foundation, visited the sparsely settled Marsh and proposed the relocation there of recent Dutch immigrants in Ontario. Assisted by grants from the Netherlands, Canada, and Ontario, fifteen Dutch families, many from Friesland and Groningen originally, settled on the Marsh in 1934 and formed the nucleus of the community of Ansnorveldt. Later, Dutch farmers settled throughout the Marsh. Through skilled farming practice and co-operative management, the Dutch were the first group to successfully develop the Marsh as one of Ontario's most important vegetable growing districts.

Related Ontario plaque
The Dutch Settlement of Holland Marsh



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