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The Founder of Preston

The Founder of Preston

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004

The Founder of Preston

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of Waterloo
The City of Cambridge
On the northeast corner of
King Street East and Waterloo Street North

Coordinates: N 43 23.838 W 80 21.652


Plaque Text

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, John Erb (1764-1832) was a Mennonite of Swiss ancestry. He came to Upper Canada in 1805, acquired 3035 ha of land from the German Land Company, and settled on the site of Preston. The following year he built a sawmill and in 1807 a grist-mill around which the community grew. The numerous descendants of John Erb and his relatives have played an important role in the development of Waterloo County. This town, known as "Cambridge Mills", was renamed after Preston, England.

Related Ontario plaques
Abraham Erb 1772-1830
First Mennonite Settlement



Cambridge Plaques

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