1801 - 1864
The son of United Empire Loyalists, Joshua Bates had a strong vision for the settlement which he named Farmersville. As an architect and surveyor, he donated the land and built the first schools and churches as well as erecting the first store, mill and a plank road from Forthton to Farmersville. He became the village's first postmaster and was an active member of the Reform party. His dedication to growth in education, agriculture and community was instrumental in shaping the present-day town of Athens.
Erected 2017 by Athens Council and Athens Heritage Society.
Location. 44° 37.567′ N, 75° 57.138′ W. Marker is in Athens, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Elgin Street (County Highway 5) and Main Street (County Highway 5/42), on the right when traveling north on Elgin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Main Street East, Athens, Ontario K0E 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Athens Village History (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brockville & Westport Railway
Also see . . .
1. Athens, Ontario at Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Updated mural to be unveiled (The Mural,Oct 4, 2017, p.5). (Submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2020. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.