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"The Old Stage Road"

The Old Stage Road

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

The Old Stage Road

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted August, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Oxford
The Township of Norwich
On Old Stage Road, just west of Road 14
3.8 km south of Towerline Road, east of Woodstock


Coordinates: N 43 06.015 W 80 38.329

Map

Plaque Text

This road, which follows in part the Indian trail, known as the "Detroit Path", across East Oxford Township, was opened by settlers at the expense of Major Thomas Ingersoll in 1796-97. It joined a wagon road opened across Burford Township by local settlers, connecting near Brant's Ford on the Grand River with a road to Long Point from Ancaster. Extended later to Delaware, it became the preferred highway to Sandwich and was used by British and American troops in 1812-14. After 1826 it became the stage route from Ancaster to London until the building of the plank road from Brantford to Woodstock in 1842-3. Sections of the road are still open between Ingersoll and Cathcart.

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