Thursday, August 17, 2017

Justus Sherwood Plaque

In Prescott, Ontario, South of King Street West, on the waterfront, just east of Merwin Lane, stands the Justus Sherwood Plaque.


Born in Connecticut, Sherwood settled in Vermont in 1774. On the outbreak of the American Revolution he was arrested as a Loyalist, but escaped to join the British as Crown Point. He was taken prisoner at Saratoga in 1777, and after being exchanged was commissioned as a captain in the intelligence service. From 1780 to 1783 he had charge of secret negotiations which, it was hoped, would result in Vermont's rejoining the British Empire. Sherwood, who took up land in this township in 1784, played a leading role in its settlement. One of the District's first magistrates, he was also a member of the local land board until his death.

Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario