Elizabethtown Township

Kilborn Spring on the Lyn Road

This little know natural flowing spring once attracted hundreds of visitors from around the area. The spring is located about 5 minutes south of Lyn on the Lyn road, where it intersects the Old Red Road (Chemical Road). Whether or not this spring is still there now, we don’t know but in the early 1900’s Read the full article…

Elizabethtown Township Map of 1861-62

The original 1861-62 map was a large paper on cloth wall map showing all the townships I Leeds and Grenville County. We so happen to have one of these large maps in the museum. However in 1973 Mika Publishing in Belleville reproduced these maps by township in a book called: Historical Atlas of Leeds & Read the full article…

The Unionville Camp Meeting of 1895

The Unionville Camp Meeting Tuesday Aug 13, 1895 issue The Unionville Camp Meeting A union camp meeting will be held by the Athens, Addison, Frankville and Toledo, Lyn and Mallorytown circuits of the Methodist church on the Unionville fair grounds, commencing Wednesday afternoon, August 21st. Arrangements are being made to have the grounds thoroughly equipped. Read the full article…

Unionville Fair – September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1895

CENTRAL CANADA’S GREAT FAIR BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER Unionville, September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1895 Prince Leo Giving High Wire Performance He will perform innumerable acts on a spider-looking wire sprung from two to the highest telegraph poles which can be secured. A few of his acts are: Running forward and backward with feet Read the full article…

Unionville Fall Fair – News of the Fair, 1895

Unionville Fall Fair Unionville fair directors are always to the front in the line of special attractions and are able to announce that for this season they have a grand array of Talent engaged for the last two days of the fair on the 17th, 18th and 19th, September. An indenture of agreement has been Read the full article…

The Mining and Chemical Industry in Elizabethtown

The Mining and Chemical Industry in Elizabethtown The “Chemical Road” (now the Old Red Road) received its name because of the early mining operations and because of the Brockville chemical distilling works northwest of Brockville. There were deposits of iron pyrites containing cobalt and sulphur which were mined from 1868 until 1879. At the site Read the full article…

Dr. Booth’s Infirmary

Dr. Booth’s Infirmary One of the first hospitals in Leeds County was operated near Forthton prior to 1870 by a pioneer physician, Dr. Booth. Dr. Booth took up practice here around 1830, and built a large stone house on the east side of No.42 highway north of Forthton. As his practice grew Dr. Booth put Read the full article…

Unionville Fair – 1884

The Unionville Fair – 1884 This is a first hand account of attending the fair, written by Walter Kilborn Billings. We have this story in Walter’s own handwritten words; as far as we know, it has never been published before. Walter, who was born in 1871, whold have been a young boy of 13 when Read the full article…

Elizabethtown – The Early Years

Elizabethtown Township Elizabethtown was named in honour of Princess Elizabeth, the third daughter and seventh child of King George III and Queen Charlotte. According to a recent biography, she lived an unhappy, cloistered life. Vivacious and pretty as a child, she inherited an unfortunate tendency to corpulence as she grew older. She was “artistic, emotional, Read the full article…