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District Court-House and Gaol 1832

District Court-House and Gaol 1832

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

District Court-House and Gaol 1832

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

District Court-House and Gaol 1832

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Prince Edward
In Picton, in front of the court house
on the south side of Union Street
between between Pitt Street and Portland Street


Coordinates: N 44 00.456 W 77 08.072

Map

Plaque Text

An Act of the legislature of Upper Canada in 1831 named Prince Edward County a separate judicial district. Land for a court-house in Picton was given by the Rev. William Macauley and construction began late in 1832. Two years later in this fine structure, built in the Greek Revival style, the first courts of quarter session of the new District were held. John A. Macdonald, later a "Father of Confederation" and Canada's first prime minister, practised in this court-room and successfully defended himself against an indictment for assault occasioned by a practical joke. Additions were made in 1861, but its main block is one of the province's oldest remaining public buildings.

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Court Houses

Other Plaques in Picton
Letitia Youmans 1827-1896
The Conference Church
The Reverend William Macaulay 1794-1874
Founding of Hallowell
Prince Edward County Fairgrounds
John A. Macdonald in Hallowell

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Prince Edward County Plaques




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> Posted September 24, 2017
Does anyone know for certain if the courthouse in Picton Ontario had cannons on the property in and around 1941? If so, does anyone know what happened to them? A family member of mine was reportedly crushed by a cannon there while playing on it as a child. He is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Picton.
Karen Stewart punkinstew@hotmail.com




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