Tom Villemaire, Special to Postmedia Network

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Eureka Villa in Belle Ewart was a popular spot on Lake Simcoe, catering to road, rail and steamer traffic and slaking the thirsts of travellers.

Simcoe County history

One of the main commercial developments during settlement in Simcoe County — or anywhere in Upper Canada in the 19th century — was the tavern and hotel.

A vintage handbill advertises recruits wanted for a lancer regiment headed by Arthur Rankin to fight in the U.S. Civil War.

Man of action, questionable results

Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario — different names for the same place. It was built by a wide range of characters: surveyors, soldiers, politicians, miners, entrepreneurs, scrappers and showmen.

Thomas Taylor later in life, after he retired from his legal profession in Manitoba.

Simcoe County history

Sir Thomas Wardlaw Taylor became one of the country’s leading legal lights, as Canada grew from provinces scattered across the top of the continent to a single united nation.

W.A. Boys

Simcoe County history

The Boys family from Barrie had quite an impact on not just Simcoe County, but also the rest of the province.

The Coldwater mill was originally built to serve the First Nations people living in the area.

Simcoe County history

As Simcoe County was evolving and growing, individuals often left their marks on the region.

Barrie resident Agnes Bernard married the man who would become Canada's first prime minister, propelling her to the forefront of Canadian high society.

Simcoe County history

For a place with such a small population, Simcoe County made an incredible contribution to the formation of Canada and Confederation. This column highlights just four of those people.

Angus Morrison

Simcoe County history

One of Simcoe County’s early politicians was a fireplug of a man, gifted athlete and admired lawyer.

George Millward McDougall

Simcoe County history

A man who did much to keep Canada together grew up on a farm just outside of Barrie and later honed his skills as a negotiator and religious leader in northern Simcoe County – especially in the area of Rama and Orillia.

Chicora as she appeared at the end of her passenger career, tied to her berth in Toronto, in 1910.

Simcoe County history

The Chicora was a sleek-looking passenger steamer that served on all of the Great Lakes at some point in its long history.

A cover of a 19th-century journal about phrenology, a discredited quackery that held intelligence could be gleaned from the shape of a person’s head and the bumps on them.

Twice-hanged London criminal headed odd exhibition

Orson Squire Fowler just happened to be in London on the day a young man was hanged for the murder of Const. Timothy Pomeroy. Fowler was an itinerant phrenologist, octagonal house proponent and an American.

Elmes Steele

Simcoe County history

Elmes Yelverton Steele was not Simcoe County’s most famous Steele – that honour belongs to his son, Samuel Benfield Steele.

Alexander Peter Cockburn

Simcoe County history

Spring isn’t far off, and with the arrival of spring, cottage season will soon follow – and Simcoe County is the gateway to cottage country for much of Ontario.

One of the most infamous of 19th-century shipbuilder Melancthon Simpson's vessels, the Waubuno sank in a November storm on Georgian Bay, taking all 25 lives aboard.

Infamy sailed with Ontario shipbuilder

If you'd had the opportunity to ask shipbuilder Melancthon Simpson which was the best-known ship he`d ever built, he`d likely have had a hard time answering.

One of the most infamous of 19th-century shipbuilder Melancthon Simpson's vessels, the Waubuno sank in a November storm on Georgian Bay, taking all 25 lives aboard.

Infamy sailed with Ontario shipbuilder

If you`d had the opportunity to ask shipbuilder Melancthon Simpson which was the best-known ship he`d ever built, he`d likely have had a hard time answering.