Hamlets of Elizabethtown

Spring Valley – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895 Tuesday Oct 30, 1894 issue- Glen Buell– Monday Oct 29. Much interest was taken in the result of the great squirrel hunt of last week between ye men of Read the full article…

New Dublin – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895  Jan 8, 1889 Miss. Hester Wiltse has been engaged to teach school in New Dublin for the coming year. Saturday June 22nd   1889 Mr. Byron Cadwell of New Dublin Read the full article…

Greenbush – News from the Village

The Athens Reporter and County of Leeds Advertiser Excerpts have been taken from this paper referencing the following hamlet for the years 1889, 1894 and 1895 Greenbush- Jan 15 1889 Peace has been restored and the ‘little brown jug’ found. That ‘man in the North End’, mentioned by your occasional reporter, assisted very kindly to Read the full article…

Bellamy’s & Clark’s Crossing – Forgotten Hamlets in Elizabethtown

Bellamy’s & Clark’s Crossing Are these two places forgotten hamlets or just names of railroad crossings on a map ? We have been unable to find out any information on either place. As the map shows Bellamys did have a station on the Brockville and Ottawa Railway, Clark’s Crossing did not. The only information we Read the full article…

Spring Valley – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Spring Valley (Niblock’s Corners) Spring Valley is located 7 miles north of Brockville on Highway 29, or what once the Victoria Macadamized Road, the main road, and stage coach route, leading from Brockville to Perth. Located at Spring Valley is a famous old inn “Toppler’s Tavern” built in 1808. The home was originally built for Read the full article…

Row’s Corners – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Row’s Corners While the United Empire Loyalists of 1784 opened up the St.Lawrence River areas of Elizabethtown and Augusta late in the 18th Century, it was not until the early 1800’s the tide of immigration reached the ‘back40’s’ of these townships. One of these early homesteaders was farmer Peter McEachron who proved up on a Read the full article…

Rocksprings – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Rocksprings This old community is reached by Leeds County Road 7 which runs north from Greenbush and runs directly into this hamlet. Around 1855, Billy Wilmer heard of an everlasting sweet water spring near the Elizabethtown – Kitley border. He decided he would find it and settle there. He reached the spring and discovered that Read the full article…

Linden Bank – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Linden Bank Linden Bank was founded by United Empire Loyalists in 1798, 14 years after the initial UEL drive into Leeds and Grenville in 1784. The community did not receive its name until 135 years ago. Col. John Butler Checkley, an Irish militiaman, came to Canada in the 1890’s to settle on the front half Read the full article…

Jellyby – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Jellyby Jellyby was named for the pioneer Jelly’s who settled these fertile fields back in the 1820’s, but just how and where the letters “by” were added is unknown. John Jelly didn’t know but pointed out that early cartographers sometimes added a letter or two to place names to make them more distinctive. As far Read the full article…

Tincap – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Tincap The address ‘Tincap, Canada’ was familiar all over the British Empire, almost, wrote the postmaster in 1905, and very often letters came here addressed Tincap from Ireland, England and the United States. There are several stories how the village got its unusual name, though all agree the ‘old schoolhouse which sat on the brow Read the full article…

Greenbush – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Greenbush (Old’s Corners) Origins The lure of a fresh spring in the Canadian wilderness led to the founding of this community. In 1790, an 18 year old immigrant, whose family tree could be traced back to France of the 16th Century trekked overland from his home in Andover, Massachusetts with his bride, and after a Read the full article…

Gosford – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Gosford This old community, lying in both Elizabethtown and Augusta Townships is reached by the Gosford Road which leads off the Brockville-North Augusta road eight miles northeast of Brockville. The early history of this old Elizabethtown township community has been lost in the mists of time, but it is known that settlers were living here Read the full article…

Glossville – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Glossville The motorist passes through the former hamlet of Glossville so fast that they don’t realize that they just passed through a bit of Elizabethtown history. Probably 100 to 125 years ago, Glossville was in its glory. But when the oldest residents of the area were in their childhood, the name of Glossville was already Read the full article…

Glen Buell – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Glen Buell  (Hayes Corners) This quiet hamlet on Highway 29, nine miles north of Brockville has a long and chequered history dating back to 1787. Back then it was wilderness dotted by farms and homesteads of the early settlers. It is located where Hwy 29 crosses the Seventh Concession of Elizabethtown,   Originally known as Read the full article…

Forthton – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Forthton (Unionville) John Kilborn and his wife Elizabeth Baldwin established a store at Unionville about 1816. He was also given a government post assisting settlement of immigrants. Many of the early residents of the Perth area passed through his hands. The settlers travelled overland by wagon and in some cases had to cut their own Read the full article…

White’s Corners – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

White’s Corners (Whitehurst and Orchard Valley)   This forgotten community lies just east of Jellby, on the Jellby – North Augusta Road. The area is reached via the Greenbush Road to Greenbush, Rocksprings Road through its junction with the Jellby Road. Landmarks to look for are John Jelly’s old homestead and ¾ of a mile Read the full article…

Shiloh – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Shiloh  (Bell’s Crossing) The hamlet of Shiloh is located at the intersection of Shiloh Road and the road to Rocksprings. The old Bolton School once stool on the property of Henry White. The school once stood near the Bolton Cemetery on Lot 5 of the Tenth Concession in Elizabethtown. A Methodist church was built here Read the full article…

Bell’s Crossing – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Bell’s Crossing (Shiloh, Whitehurst and White’s Corners)   “What was the neighbourhood at Bell’s Crossing called before the railway was put through there – was it Whitehurst? The name Whitehurst was simply the name of the post office, and as far as I can remember there was no post office there before the railway (Brockville Read the full article…

Manhard – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Manhard This is only community in the eastern side of the township, because the only road north from Brockville was the notorious and deserted “smugglers’ highway’, was Manhard. Manhard is located at the junction of the 5th Concession, at the edge of the Manhard Bog. It was settled by David Manhard, a German, and his Read the full article…

Browntown – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Browntown Few people today have ever heard of Browntown, but 100 to 150 years ago, this village of the Browns was a bustling, industrious community, with mills, houses, a black smithy, stores, hard working ambitious people and a fringe of prospering farmers with huge herds of cows. Prickly ash cover the slopes and only the Read the full article…

Fairfield East – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Fairfield East For many years, this community, a couple of miles north of Brockville, was served by a tiny store at the southeast corner of the main intersection in Fairfield East. Operated by Fred Bain and his wife, the store, though small, sold everything the community needed.  Bain Road which runs east past the store Read the full article…

Bethel – A Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Bethel This fine old farming community, a mile east of Row’s corners, grew around the homestead of the early pioneers of Grenville County and Augusta Township. Settlers were farming here in the 1790’s. A Methodist congregation was thriving here in 1830 (though they had no church). The community derived its’ name from the Biblical ‘Bethel Read the full article…

Redan – A Forgotten Hamlet in Elizabethtown

Redan An obscure fort which figured in the Crimean War 1854-56, gave this community its name. One of the stumbling blocks to the British assault on the Russian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, was the Redan, a fort in the centre of the bastion’s defences. British troops made two terrific attacks on the Redan, only Read the full article…

Hamlets of Elizabethtown

When Elizabethtown was settled by United Empire Loyalist after the American Revolution, not everyone settled along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Some were given lots in the untamed, forested wilderness in the rear of Elizabethtown, far from the river. They had to make their way with their families and belongings along Indian paths Read the full article…