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The Founding of Bayfield

The Founding of Bayfield

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Founding of Bayfield

Photo from Google Street View ©2015 Google - Posted February, 2015

Plaque Location

The County of Huron
The Municipality of Bluewater
In Bayfield, in front of the library on Main Street North
between Charles and Catherine streets

Coordinates: N 43 33.884 W 81 42.044


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Plaque Text

In 1832 Carel Lodewijk, Baron van Tuyll van Serooskerken, a Dutch nobleman, purchased large holdings in the Huron Tract including 157 ha here which he set aside for a settlement. During the next decade an extensive town plot was laid out, grist and saw mills were erected and a community was established. The settlement, named Bayfield after the nautical surveyor Henry Wolsey Bayfield, developed as a centre for the surrounding agricultural community. By 1851 the hamlet contained a wagon and ploughmaking works, two blacksmiths shops, an ashery, a distillery, two tanneries, a brickyard and about 125 residents. The construction of a harbour during the 1870s spurred further growth, and in 1876, with a population of over 800, Bayfield was incorporated as a village.

Related Ontario plaques
Pioneers of the Huron Tract 1828-1928
Henry Wolsey Bayfield 1795-1885



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