The Bradstreet Press Listings of Waterdown-East Flamborough Businesses for 1872

During the 1860’s and 1870’s, a tremendous boom in manufacturing occurred in the area we know today as Ontario. Much of this growth was the result of the enormous influx of immigrants, the opening of the West, and the Read more

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Taming Rock Chapel, Part 2

When the survey of West Flamborough Township was completed in 1793, this southeastern section of the township fronted onto the triangular water body that became known as Coote’s Paradise, so Concession 1 contained land that was almost entirely below Read more

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The pumpkin — valued by the Indians, savoured by the colonists, treasured by backwoods farmers, prized by cooks and chefs, and enjoyed by generations of Halloween pranksters. This Heritage Paper looks at this wonderful vegetable and how it became Read more

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Early Death Announcements from Flamborough and Surrounding Townships

With no compulsory registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages before 1869, such information about early residents of an area is often difficult to obtain. Gravestones are frequently a wonderful source of such statistics, and there are over a thousand Read more

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Taming Rock Chapel, Part 1

The little settlement of Rock Chapel, located close to the brow of the Niagara Escarpment in the southeast corner of West Flamborough Township, covers just a small area – but its landscape tells the story of a rich geological Read more

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Some Incidents in the Waterdown Area Concerning the Militia during the Troublesome Months of the Mackenzie Rebellion, 1837-1838

Major incidents in history are often felt in the smallest of communities, as shown by this Heritage Paper.

Throughout the year 1837, there were many rumours and much discontent in Upper Canada about the Clergy Reserves, about absentee property Read more

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The Changing Boundaries within Southern Ontario 1777-1983

During the past two centuries, there have been enormous changes in the boundaries for municipal and judicial affairs in the province of Ontario. This Heritage Paper examines the various changes that have occurred since 1777, especially with regards to Read more

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Building Waterdown

The life of Alexander Brown, Part 2

In 1819, Alexander Brown was among the residents of East Flamborough Township who signed the circulated questionnaire from Robert Gourlay, commenting on the conditions and incentives for those interested in settling in Read more

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Meat Preservation and Smoke Houses

Before twentieth century refrigeration, farm animals were customarily slaughtered in the late Fall after being fattened during the summer months; consequently there were feasts of fresh meat during this season. However, most of the meat was carefully preserved to Read more

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The Cook House

50 Mill Street North, Waterdown (Conc. 3, Lot 6)

This Heritage Paper looks at the history and architecture of one of the very fine stone buildings in the village of Waterdown, 50 Mill Street North, known as the Cook Read more

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