Highway No 2 in Elizabethtown

Butternut Bay

Butternut Bay is located at the very western edge of Elizabethtown Township in the First Concession along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. In Thad. W.H. Leavitt’s book “History of Leeds and Grenville” published in 1879 he writes the following about Butternut Bay: (It was originally called “St. Lawrence Central Camp Ground” “This beautiful Read the full article…

McLean House at Fernbank

Robert McLean House at Fernbank The old brick house painstakingly constructed by hand in 1823 with every brick handmade on the land surrounding the dwelling was built by Robert McLean. Five generations lived in the house until 1933 when it was sold.           The Building of the McLean House and early Read the full article…

Grant’s Creek

Crossing Grant’s Creek The creek takes its name from the original settlers of the area the Grant Family. We are fortunate to have old post cards, prints and photos showing how the original bridge looked. Today as you drive along the highway, you can cross the creek without really even knowing it’s there.  

Brockville Cemeteries

The Brockville Cemeteries The cemetery comprises 14 acres of land on either side of the highway. It has been owned and operated by the City of Brockville since 1860, when all the older in-town cemeteries were closed and the graves moved into this area. The land was purchased from the Grant Family. The land south Read the full article…

Brockville Cemetery Memorial Works

The Brockville Cemetery Memorial Works Just past the Lyn road on the south side of the highway you would come to this next business. Lancelot de Carle was the founder of the business now known as Brockville Cemetery Memorial Works. Lancelot de Carle was first in business in Prescott on that town’s King Street one Read the full article…

Nedow’s Garage

Nedow’s Garage If on you trip along the highway your car had problems, you could always pull into Nedow’s Garage on the corner of the Lyn Road and Hwy No. 2. Bill Nedow was the owner and operator of this establishment. He operated a car junk yard and if you were ever looking for a Read the full article…

Riverside Park Ice Skating

Riverside Park Ice Skating Rink Across from the mink farm, during the winters of the 1930’s was an open air skating rink that was enjoyed by both the people of Brockville and Elizabethtown. Located on the south side of the highway, across from the Lyn Road, the rink was lit up at night and if Read the full article…

McLeans Mink Farm

McLeans Mink Farm I may be off on the name of this business, but not the location or the memories of the odours coming from the buildings at feeding time. If you drove by this operation in the 1950’s and 60’s with your car windows open you would get the fishy smell of the food Read the full article…

The Brockville Country Club

The Brockville Country Club Established in 1914 this club was originally a nine hole golf course with 7 holes on the south side of the highway and two on the north side. The original clubhouse was burned in 1937 and a newer clubhouse on the same spot was built to replace it. The clubhouse was located on Read the full article…

Brockville

Brockville We started our trip entering Elizabethtown from the east. Just as we passed the Ontario Hospital we would have noticed the sign welcoming us to Brockville. At this point Hwy No. 2 turns into King St East. “Brockville was the first police village (1832) in Upper Canada, when its population reached 1000; the first Read the full article…

St. Lawrence Lodge

St. Lawrence Lodge Opened in 1970, St. Lawrence Lodge is a Long-Term Care Home that overlooks the majestic St. Lawrence River and provides care and support to 224 residents. Serving the citizens of the City of Brockville, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and the separated Towns of Prescott and Gananoque.   The lodge Read the full article…

Ontario Hospital

Ontario Hospital  (Brockville Psychiatric Hospital) A little further along Highway No. 2 on the north side you would pass several very impressive large stone buildings encompassed by a stone fence. Depending on the time of the year when you drove by, there would have been men working in fields of vegetables on either side of Read the full article…

Playland Park

  Looking to play a round of miniature golf, or a driving range Then a stop at Playland Park was a must. There were pinball machines inside to play, and a Teen dance on the weekend. A great place to spend some time. Unfortunately in 2016 the business and buildings were put up for sale, and Read the full article…

White House Motel

This motel still exists on the south side of the road, but today is under different ownership. It was modern, popular and was a busy spot before the newer motels opened to the north of Brockville next to Hwy 401. It also had a very good Sunday brunch, which was attended by people after their Read the full article…

Ralph’s Dairy Bar

The next small white concrete building on the north side of the road was “Ralph’s Dairy Bar”. Before the days franchised ice cream stores, this was the place to go for a hand scoped ice cream cone. Unfortunately I cannot find mush information about Ralph’s Dairy. They were one of the dairies that did do Read the full article…

Sharpe’s Lane

The first road you come to is Sharp’s Lane. “Sharp’s Lane is named after John A. Sharp who acquired the property in the mid- Victorian era. Although this narrow side road ran little more than a mile north of the river, more contraband goods are reputed to have flowed north and south on this road Read the full article…

Stone Acres

Entering Elizabethtown from the East, the first building you would see on the north side of the road is a large stone house now know as ‘Stone Acres’. “This home can be described as a ‘Regency Villa’ which was part of the Sherwood grant. Adiel Sherwood sold this lot to Thomas Nisdale, a stone cutter Read the full article…

Highway Number 2 in Elizabethtown

Highway #2 runs along the bottom of the township from east to west. It is interrupted by the City of Brockville sitting towards the easterly end of the township. Before highway #401 was constructed and finished in the mid 1960’s, Highway #2 was the main road between Toronto and Montreal. There were no rest stops Read the full article…