Monday, June 19, 2017

Johnstown 1789 Plaque

In Johnstown, Ontario, at the west edge of Caroline's Garden in Millennium Park on the northeast corner of County Road 16 and County Road 2 stands a plaque with the title, Johnstown 1789.


In 1789-90 a town plot of one mile square was laid out in this vicinity. Many Loyalists, including Sir John Johnson, obtained lots in the settlement. A sawmill and grist mill were constructed, and in 1793 it was made the administrative centre of the Easter District. A courthouse and gaol were erected and the court of quarter sessions, which administered the district's local government, met alternately here and in Cornwall. Lieutenant-Governor Simcoe stayed in Johnstown in 1792 and 1795. In 1808 the courts were moved to Elizabethtown (Brockville) and despite its favourable location as a port, Johnstown's further development was retarded by its shallow harbour.

Erected by the Archaeological and Historic Sites Board, Department of Public Records and Archives of Ontario

In some locations these double sided plaques have English on one side and
French on the other. Earlier plaques like this one have English on both sides.
On the right near the top of this blog you can select from many languages
with which to read this blog's text.