The Founding of Colborne, Ontario Heritage Trust – Colborne Plaques
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- Click on the Select arrow for Pages to see Colborne Chronicle 1986 coverage of the unveiling of the plaque. The Pages box is located at the top of the page.
The newspaper clipping was found in the Women's Institute scrapbook, 3sb (local identifier number for the scrapbook in the archives' cataloguing system), p.115.
- The plaque is located in Victoria Square Park, Colborne.
- "A store established here about 1819 by Joseph Abbott Keeler, a prominent early settler, provided the nucleus around which a small community began to develop. Within ten years a distillery and a blacksmith's shop had been erected. The settlement, named Colborne reputedly after Lieutenant Governor Sir John Colborne, soon emerged as a service centre for the surrounding region and, with the establishment of a harbour nearby for the shipment of lumber and grain, it prospered. By 1846 it contained a foundry, a pottery, six stores, three churches, and a number of tradesmen and artisans and some 400 residents. The arrival of the Grand Truck Railway in 1856 spurred further growth, and three years later Colborne, with a population of about 800, became incorporated as a village."
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Cramahe Township Public Library
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6 King Street West
PO Box 190
Colborne, ON K0K 1S0