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Williamstown Fair

Williamstown Fair

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Williamstown Fair

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
The Township of South Glengarry
In Williamstown, on the north side of John Street (Road 17)
west of Road 19 at the entrance to the fairgrounds
at street number 19629

Coordinates: N 45 08.862 W 74 35.134


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Plaque Text

Ontario's oldest continually operated agricultural fair received its patent on March 29, 1808, from Francis Gore, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. It is probable that at first, the local farmers simply gathered on the village common or streets. However on June 25, 1814, Sir John Johnson, the founder of Williamstown, granted 5 ha for the express purpose of holding a fair and it has been held here annually ever since. Through the years, this fair, like many others in the province, has raised our standards of agriculture by providing a centre for the display of superior farm products and livestock.

Related Ontario plaque
Prince Edward County Fairgrounds

Related Toronto plaque
Canadian National Exhibition


Assorted Events

Other Plaques in Williamstown
Bethune-Thompson House
Duncan Cameron
The MacMillan Emigration 1802
The North West Company
St. Andrew's Church 1812
Sir John Johnson House Sir John Johnson's Mills

South Glengarry Plaques

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