Port Hope, Canada – The Harbour

THOUGH Port Hope was constituted a port of entry as early as 1819, no effort was made to secure harbour or wharf accommodation until 1829. In that year was incorporated the Port Hope Harbour and Wharf Company. According to the terms of its Charter the Company was bound ” to construct a harbour which should […]

Port Hope, Canada – Steam Navigation

The maritime flavor contained in the name, ” Port Hope,” obviously demands that some attention should be paid to the shipping interests of the Town. Already in the preceding chapter, the development of the Harbour from its diminutive beginnings to its present goodly proportions has been traced out and it accordingly becomes the aim of […]

Port Hope, Canada – Tales Of The Early Days

The abundance of game and fish in those early days can only be conjectured from the tales of the pioneers. Myndert Harris was the great hero of the chase and to him are attributed the two following feats. Coming up the shore from Gage’s Creek one day, he came upon a fine buck, standing out […]

Port Hope, Canada – 1813 And In 1826

DESCRIPTIONS of Port Hope as it appeared in 1813 and in 1826 have been handed down to the present day and, in placing them before the readers of this book, it was considered as probably the best mode of tracing the growth of the Town, if its aspect at various dates were portrayed consecutively. Already […]

Port Hope, Canada – Municipal Life

It first became a definite corporation in 1797, when Messrs. Smith and Walton laid out a village plot beside the creek. Its name then and for several years subsequent thereto, was Smith’s Creek and under that designation a post office was established in 1817. But meantime the use of the name Toronto had begun to […]

Port Hope, Canada – Political Connections

The history of Port Hope would be complete without some account of its connection with the political institutions of the country and so, while this chapter may scarcely be considered as dealing directly with the life of the Town, it is rendered necessary by the foregoing consideration. Port Hope was originally situated in the District […]

Port Hope, Canada – Regal And Vice-regal

IN early colonial days, it was no uncommon sight to behold government dignitaries passing through the village of Port Hope on their way to and from the seat of Government and doubtless Governors of Upper Canada have stopped over night at local inns. However no details of any such visits remain and all that may […]

Port Hope, Canada – Concerning Things Military

Well may fair Canada be proud of such a bold array, Her honor in their trust is safe, let come whatever may . That they will do or die for her she owns with hearty cheers—Hurrah then, thrice hurrah for them ! Ontario’s Volunteers ! MACCOLL. The part played by Port Hope in the several […]

Port Hope, Canada – Some Other Institutions

WHILE scarcely of such importance as to require separate chapters for their description, yet there are several other institutions in Port Hope deserving attention and these may conveniently be grouped in a single chapter. The Post Office, established in 1817 with Charles Fothergill as Post Master, has suffered several changes of location. Rumour has it […]

Port Hope, Canada – Port Hope High School

It is to be regretted that a more befitting tribute than the present necessarily imperfect sketch could not be paid in a work of this nature to an institution, which cherishes within its environs the memory of so many sons and daughters of the Town, there brought together, now separated far and wide over the […]