Transportation

Toll Roads – The Athens Reporter 1906

The Athens Reporter- letter to the editor from 1906. The original newspapers are in the archives of the Heritage House Museum, Athens, Ontario  The Toll Roads- April 25, 1906 (Letter to the editor) Having recently driven over the road between Athens and Brockville, I feel moved to offer a few observations on the state of Read the full article…

Brockville & Westport Railway- Right of Way

Here are detailed maps of the old B&W right of way from Westport into Brockville. The maps detail the lots and concessions through which it passed as well as listing information on the date of purchase and from whom the right of way was purchased. There are a series of 24 maps detailing the right Read the full article…

Early Roads in Elizabethtown

Early wagon traveller praised road As pioneer roads go, the route from Brockville to Perth which split at the hamlet of Forthton (Unionville) was ‘excellent’ in the opinion of a wagon traveller of 1816. Lt.Col. William Cockburn made a long journey in March of that year from Kingston to Brockville via the “King’s Highway” which Read the full article…

Brockville and Westport Railroad

Origins of the B&W Railroad  The crying desperate need for a better communications system linking the Rideau country and the St. Lawrence River led to the birth of the Brockville and Westport Railway. On March 4th, 1888 the first train completed its maiden trip from Westport to Brockville. For 64 years, the railway served Leeds Read the full article…