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The Founding of Milverton

The Founding of Milverton

Photo by Jessica Blackwell - Posted March, 2016

The Founding of Milverton

Photo from Google Street View ©2016 Google - Posted March, 2016

Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The Township of Perth East
In Milverton, outside the entrance doors of the
Milverton Public Library on the southeast corner of
Mill Street East and Arena Drive

Coordinates: N 43 33.871 W 80 55.212


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Plaque Text

By 1851 Andrew West, a New York native, had opened a hotel in the recently surveyed township of Mornington. This building was the focal point around which a small community initially known as West's Corners developed. The hamlet grew gradually and a post office was opened in 1854. Ten years later the settlement contained a sawmill, a tannery, two churches and some 200 residents. About 1871 the name of the village was changed to Milverton, reportedly after a town in Somerset, England. With the arrival of the Stratford and Huron Railway in 1877 the market for Milverton's agriculturally based industries was greatly expanded and the thriving community, with a population of about 550, was incorporated as a village by a county by-law effective January 1, 1881.


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> Posted February 5, 2014
Lived there in the late 50's ,early 60's and it nice to see little change. I remember the library, especially the quiet. Of course the plaque and iron handrails are 'new'. Thanks 4 memories ;-) A.

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