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The Founding of Orillia

The Founding of Orillia

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Founding of Orillia

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Plaque Location

The County of Simcoe
The City of Orillia
On the northwest corner of Mississauga Street West
and West Street North

Coordinates: N 44 36.493 W 79 25.190


Plaque Text

In 1820 the government surveyed Orillia Township and a decade later located Chief William Yellowhead's Ojibwa band on lands near the "Narrows". By 1839, when the government laid out the Orillia town plot, these Indians had been moved across Lake Couchiching to Rama. The first white settlers arrived about 1832 and by the 1850's the community had become an agricultural and lumbering centre with two churches and a population of some 200. Advantageous transportation links with Toronto and Georgian Bay stimulated Orillia's development as a commercial centre and summer resort. In November, 1866, with a population of over 750, Orillia was incorporated by Simcoe County as a village. Its elected council first met in 1867.

Related Ontario plaque
Chief William Yellowhead
Rama Indian Reserve



Orillia Plaques

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Posted July 10, 2013
I have a copy of the Orillia Packet newspaper, obituaries, with articles for James Macpherson, when he passed and his wife Jane Garnett. It states their families originally were the first and only white settlers in Orillia. It continues to describe Macpherson's work with the Indians, and his wife's attending church with the local Indians after they were put on Rama reserve.

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