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The Founding of Hanover

The Founding of Hanover

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Daniel Knechtel 1843-1936

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

Plaque Location

The County of Grey
The Town of Hanover
In Hanover Heritage Square on the northwest corner of
10th Street (Road 4) and 11th Avenue

Coordinates: N 44 09.152 W 81 01.546


Plaque Text

A tavern established here about 1849 by Abraham Buck provided the nucleus around which a small settlement began to develop. Strategically located at the intersection of the Durham Road and a branch of the Saugeen River, the community grew quickly as settlers, many German in origin, flocked to the area. A town plot was surveyed in 1855 and the next year the hamlet, known as Buck's Crossing, then Adamstown, was renamed Hanover. By 1867 it contained grist, saw and carding mills, a foundry and a cabinet factory. With the steady expansion of the Knechtel Furniture Company during the following decades, Hanover became a significant furniture manufacturing centre. In 1899 the thriving community was incorporated as a village and five years later it became a town.

Other plaques at this location
Daniel Knechtel 1843-1936
"Tommy Burns"

Related Ontario plaque
The Durham Road



Hanover Plaques

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> Posted February 3, 2016
Found this web page while doing some research on Knechtel Furniture. As my grandfather, on my mother's side is German, we prize the fact that we own an antique dining room suite (dining table with six chairs, a buffet and a china cabinet) made by this company and the original shipping label (on the bottom) shows that it was shipped many years ago to the Hudson Bay Company in Winnipeg from the Knechtel Furniture Company (from the Hanover Main Factory). It's amazing that this furniture travelled from Hanover to Winnipeg and ended up in our possession 18 years ago, down here in Nova Scotia, and is still in near mint condition. Amazingly made furniture.

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