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Lansdowne Iron Works

Lansdowne Iron Works

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2009

Lansdowne Iron Works

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

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
In Lyndhurst, on the southwest corner of
Road 33 and Cook Street at the south side of the bridge

Coordinates: N 44 32.969 W 76 07.554


Plaque Text

While the existence of local ore was well known and various petitions had been made for the right to erect a foundry, it was not until 1801 that Wallis Sunderlin, a Vermont founderer, established the first iron works in Upper Canada at Furnace Falls. The works, which included both a furnace for the production of cast iron and a forge for the manufacture of wrought iron, were operated with limited success by Sunderlin and his associates until destroyed by fire in 1811. Attempts in 1815-16 to re-establish the works to supply the Kingston dockyard were ended with the agreement to limit armaments on the Great Lakes.

Related Ontario plaque
The Rush-Bagot Agreement

Assorted Places

Other Plaques in Lyndhurst
Founding of Lyndhurst
The Lyndhurst Bridge

Leeds and the Thousand Islands Plaques

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Posted March 25, 2013
According to Lansdowne history, what is recorded about two family names? Landon (possibly Landsdowne) and McCrea(Crea in the cemetery there in Landsdowne). I believe the original village of Landsdowne was founded and named after the Landon family name? I am Benjamin B. McCrea (William, John, Joseph Wm., Benjamin A., Bruce T., Benjamin B. Crea/McCrea).
My address is: (Email = clanmccrea@yahoo.com) Benjamin B. McCrea, 1912 E. 89th Terr., Kansas City, MO 64131, Ph. (816)444-7461

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