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Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010


Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2011

Plaque Location

The Region of Halton
The Town of Halton Hills
In Acton, in front of the Halton Hills Public Library
on the northeast corner of
Main Street North (Highway 7) and River Street

Coordinates: N 43 37.899 W 80 02.632


Plaque Text

Methodist preachers Ezra and Zenas Adams and their brother Rufus settled on the west branch of the Credit River in the 1820s. A community of pioneer families grew around the Adams family farms. Nicklin's saw and grist mill and Nelles' tannery operated here by the early 1840s. They were the nucleus of a hamlet first named Danville, then Adamsville after its first settlers and, by 1844, Acton. In 1856 the Grand Trunk Railway arrived, stimulating growth east along Mill Street from the river to the railway station. By 1869, Acton had some 700 inhabitants and boasted woodworking mills, tanneries, glove makers and a carriage works. It was incorporated as a village on January 6, 1874.



Halton Hills Plaques

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