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The Founders of Fergus

The Founders of Fergus

Photos by Andrew Whitfield - Posted May, 2016

The Founders of Fergus

Plaque Location

The County of Wellington
The Township of Centre Wellington
In Fergus, on the Riverwalk, behind the Public Library
at 190 Andrew Street West

Coordinates: N 43 42.280 W 80 22.675


Plaque Text

Adam Fergusson (1782-1862) first visited Canada in 1831 to investigate emigration for the Highland Society of Scotland. In 1833, in partnership with a fellow Scot, James Webster (1808-69), he purchased over 2800 ha of uncleared land in Nichol Township. Attracted by the abundant water power they laid out the town site of Fergus. Webster took up residence here and supervised the settlement's early development. The first house of this predominantly Scottish community was erected in 1833, a hotel the following year and a sawmill, grist-mill, church and school in 1835. Though Fergusson lived near Waterdown, and Webster moved to Guelph in 1852, the founders continued to foster the growth of their settlement.



Other Plaques in Fergus
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
The Fergus Curling Club

Centre Wellington Plaques

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