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Founding of St. Marys

Founding of St. Marys

Photos by Anonymous - Posted June, 2016

Founding of St. Marys

Plaque Location

The County of Perth
The Town of St. Marys
In Island Park, near a flagpole, next to the confluence of
Trout Creek and Thames River

Coordinates: N 43 15.594 W 81 08.660


Plaque Text

When opening Blanshard Township for settlement in 1839, the Canada Company made an arrangement with Thomas Ingersoll, a brother of Laura Secord, to build mills at "the Little Falls" of the Thames. In 1841-43 he erected a sawmill and a grist-mill and in return obtained 136 ha of land in this vicinity. The mills formed the nucleus of a settlement named St. Marys. In 1854 the community was incorporated as a village. The building of railways, 1857-60, stimulated development and in 1864, when St. Marys became a town, it was already the centre of lumber and limestone quarry industries and the adjacent prosperous agricultural region.

Related Ontario plaque
Laura Secord (1775-1868)



St. Marys Plaques

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