Brockville Historic Area: The Brock Trail
Although technically no longer an island, this park peninsula has traditionally been known by a number of names in our local history. The original REFUGE ISLAND, a bare rock with some scrub growth, became HOSPITAL ISLAND during its tenure as an isolation area during the frightful appearance of the cholera epidemic in the summer of 1832.
Later, in response to threatened raids of this area from across the river from groups of young Americans calling themselves “Patriot Hunters,” the island (at that time known as GRANT ISLAND) was fortified, and a log blockhouse, as shown in the drawing, was built in January 1839. From that point it became known as BLOCKHOUSE ISLAND, and it has retained that name to the present time.
In 1860, with the opening of the southern terminus of the Brockville & Ottawa Railway and the creation of the first railway tunnel in Canada on the mainland, this area was enlarged and joined to the shore by extensive rock infill, and a set of railway buildings were built here, including a large domed roundhouse. Eventually, most of the railway buildings were eventually [sic] no longer required on the
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A view of BLOCKHOUSE ISLAND from the northeast as sketched by British officer-artist, Col. William Denny (1804-1886) while traveling between Montreal and Kingston in 1845 with the 71st Regiment.
Erected 2006 by City of Brockville, Heritage Brockville, and Brockville Community Foundation.
Location. 44° 35.251′ N, 75° 40.864′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario. Marker is on Block House Island Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is on Block House Island. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Block House Island Road, Brockville, Ontario K6V 4S9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Blockhouse Island (a few steps from this marker); The Wreck of the ROBERT GASKIN (a few steps from this marker); Con Darling (within shouting distance of this marker); Brockville Pipes & Drums (within shouting distance of this marker); Brockville Rowing Club Regatta (within shouting distance of this marker); SS Kingston (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bluenose Visit, 1933 / La visite du Bluenose, 1933
Also see . . .
1. Brockville Heritage Plaque Tour. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. A Brief History of Brockville. (Submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.