Naming names, Part 4

Naming Mountsberg

North of 11th Concession Road in East Flamborough Township, the land rises quickly and changes to a landscape of rolling hills and valleys that were carved by a glacier as it cut a gap in the Niagara Read more

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Naming names, Part 3

Name of progress, Progreston

Situated approximately one mile east of Carlisle on Lots 4 and 5 in Concession 8 of East Flamborough Township, Progreston today is one of the area’s disappearing settlements.

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Naming names, Part 2


Settlement in East Flamborough Township came slowly.

Even though many of the lots had been awarded to government officials, militia and loyalists by 1800, few came to the area to take up their grants due to the difficulties Read more

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Naming names, Part 1


The beginnings of the small settlement that developed into the village of Waterdown date from the arrival of Alexander Brown, a retired agent of the Northwest Fur Company who settled on Lot 6, Concession 3 of East Flamborough Read more

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Crooks’ Hollow, Part 4

Industrial empire

A man of many interests, James Crooks became a wealthy and powerful figure during his lifetime and although his fame is largely attributed to his development of Upper Canada’s first industrial empire and the manufacture of paper, Read more

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Crooks’ Hollow, Part 3

Entrepreneur extraordinaire

Ever the astute businessman, James Crooks must have been aware that success might provide him with the opportunity to obtain a provincial paper monopoly. He immediately began construction of a mill downstream from the Darnley Mill, employing Read more

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Crooks’ Hollow, Part 2

Crooks’ settles

James Crooks, a prominent Niagara-on-the-Lake merchant, first visited West Flamborough in 1805 looking for property and suitable mill sites. Concerned about deteriorating relations with the United States and the proximity of his businesses to the American border, Read more

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Crooks’ Hollow, Part 1

Today, only the ghostly ruins of the famous Darnley Mill remain as evidence of the historic past of the small section of the Spencer Creek Valley known as Crooks’ Hollow. Dominated by the endeavours of James Crooks, this part Read more

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Brock Road, Part 4

Freel’s town

Traveling northwards from Strabane, the most famous landmark of the township is soon visible, the spire of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in Freelton. The village is the final West Flamborough community on the Read more

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Brock Road, Part 3

Settling Strabane

The 7th Concession and Brock Road intersection marks the southern limit of the village of Strabane, although for several years the corner was known as Motorville. Located on both sides of the Brock Road between the 7th Read more

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