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Founding of Port Hope

Founding of Port Hope

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2010

Founding of Port Hope

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Municipality of Port Hope
In front of the town hall
on the northwest corner of Queen and Dorset streets

Coordinates: N 43 56.938 W 78 17.580


Plaque Text

Peter Smith, a fur trader, occupied a house here at "Smith's Creek" in 1788. The first permanent settlers were Loyalists brought to the Township in 1793 by a group of associates headed by Jonathan Walton of Schenectady, New York, and Elias Smith formerly of New York City. Walton and Smith were granted land after promising to build mills on the creek. The mills were operating by 1797 when Smith moved here, and in 1800 he laid out a town plot. The community's name, "Port Hope" was adopted at a public meeting in 1818, despite local pressure to call it "Toronto". A village with a board of police in 1834, it was incorporated as a town in 1850.



Fur Trade

Port Hope Plaques

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