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The Founding of Mount Forest

The Founding of Mount Forest

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

The Founding of Mount Forest

Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The Township of Wellington North
In Mount Forest, on the northeast corner of
Main Street and Parkside Drive, at the south end of town

Coordinates: N 43 58.648 W 80 43.747


Plaque Text

During the survey of the Garafraxa Colonization Road, constructed from Arthur to Georgian Bay in 1840-48, land was reserved for a settlement here at the South Saugeen River. By 1851 a post-office had been established and two years later a village-plot, named Mount Forest, was laid out. Surrounded by excellent agricultural country and stimulated by the improvement of the Garafraxa Road, the hamlet grew quickly and was incorporated as a Village in 1864. Three years later, with a population of about 1400 inhabitants, the community contained several farm implement manufactories and an extensive milling complex owned by Cynthia Yeomans. Following the completion of the Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway to Mount Forest in 1871, the community expanded rapidly and became a Town in 1879.

Related Ontario plaque
Toronto, Grey and Bruce Railway



Wellington North Plaques

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