Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
The Founding of Stouffville
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004
Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010
Coordinates: N 43 58.274 W 79 14.865
In 1805-06 Abraham Stouffer (1780-1851), a Pennsylvania Mennonite, acquired 160 ha of land in this area. By 1824 he had built a saw and grist-mill on Duffin's Creek, near which a hamlet developed, and in 1832 a post-office named Stouffville was established. The community grew steadily and in 1852 a village plot was laid out. By 1864 Stouffville, with a population of about 700 inhabitants, contained several prosperous industries, including carriage-works, harness-works, and the mills of Edward Wheler, a prominent merchant. The construction of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway, completed in 1871, and growing agricultural prosperity stimulated the community's growth as an important milling and commercial centre. Stouffville was incorporated as a Village by a County by-law of 1876.
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First Mennonite Settlement
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> Posted April 2, 2014
I understand that the stream that presently runs through Stouffville is called Stouffville Creek on most maps. Duffin's Creek is further east from Stouffville. Is it possible that the plaque information is mistaken?
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