The year is 688 A.D.
Tom Villemaire, Special to Postmedia Network
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.
William Nassau Kennedy started his career as a house painter, but ended up having a significant impact both on Canada’s militia and Canada’s prairie provinces.
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.
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.
The Boys family from Barrie had quite an impact on not just Simcoe County, but also the rest of the province.
As Simcoe County was evolving and growing, individuals often left their marks on the region.
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.
Sir John A. Macdonald was not only the country’s first prime minister; he was also the last premier of Canada West, what Ontario was called before Confederation.
One of Simcoe County’s early politicians was a fireplug of a man, gifted athlete and admired lawyer.
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.
In 1775, Canada faced invasion by the army of the rebel forces of nascent America.
The Chicora was a sleek-looking passenger steamer that served on all of the Great Lakes at some point in its long history.
When the American Revolution broke out, a First Nations woman played a key role in protecting Loyalists and supporting the troops of King George III.
Daniel Eaton was only one of the many Canadians killed at Vimy Ridge.
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 Yelverton Steele was not Simcoe County’s most famous Steele – that honour belongs to his son, Samuel Benfield Steele.
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.
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.
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.