“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Niagara-on-the-Lake in Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario — Central Canada

Niagara on the Lake Historical District

Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lora Szloh, November 14, 2009
1. Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker
Inscription.  (Left side is in English)
In 1778, Loyalist refugees began crossing from Fort Niagara to settle the west bank of the Niagara River. A town was laid out in a grid pattern of four-acre blocks and grew quickly, gaining prominence as the first capital of Upper Canada from 1792 to 1796. Following Niagara’s destruction during the war of 1812, the citizens rebuilt, mainly in the British Classical architectural tradition, creating a group of structures closely related in design, materials, and scale. Spared from redevelopment, the town’s colonial buildings eventually became one of its greatest resources. Beginning in the 1950s, residents rehabilitated and restored the old structures, demonstrating an exceptional commitment to the preservation of local heritage and making a significant contribution to the conservation movement in Canada. This collection of residential, commercial, ecclesiastical and institutional buildings, many on their original sites close to the street, is the best-preserved in Canada build between 1815 and 1859. With its early buildings and grid street plan, this historic district recalls the era when Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lora Szloh, November 14, 2009
2. Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker
This bilingual map is just to the left of same marker on Courthouse saying historical district.
Click or scan to see
this page online
was a prominent, prosperous Loyalist town.

(Right side is in French)
L'Arrondissement Historique du Niagara on the Lake
En 1778, des réfugiés loyalistes commencèrente à quitter le Fort Niagara pour s'établir sur la rive ouest de la rivière. Une ville aménagée en damier avec de îlots de quatre acres se développa et prospéra rapidement, puis gagna en importance lorsqu'elle devint la première du capitale du Haut-Canada de 1792 à 1796. Après la destruction de Niagara lors de la guerre de 1812, les citoyens, inspirés de la tradition classique britannique, rebâtirent des édifices de conception, d'échelle et des matériaux similaires. Ayant échappé au redéveloppement urbain, ces vieux bâtiments coloniaux devinrent éventuellement l'une de plus précieuses ressources de cette ville. À partir des années 1950, ses résidents les restaurèrent et les réhabilitèrent, manifestant ainsi une exceptionnelle volonté de préserver la patrimoine local, ce qui s'avéra un importante contribution au mouvement de la conservation canadian. Ces maisons, magasins, églises et édifaces publics dont plusiers sont toujours alignés en bordure de la rue, forment l'ensemble architectural datant des années 1815 à 1859 le mieux conservé au Canada. Ces anciens édifices et la plan en damier rappellent que Niagara-on-the-Lake fut autrefois une ville loyaliste importante
Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lora Szloh, November 14, 2009
3. Niagara On The Lake Historical District Marker
Since someone planted a tree in front of this, I can't tell what it is or reads. But it is on the left side of court house building to the left of main marker.
et prospère.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsLandmarksNotable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1778.
Location. 43° 15.305′ N, 79° 4.303′ W. Marker is in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, in Niagara Regional Municipality. Marker is on Queen Street. The plaque is located on the court on Queen street near the King Street intersection. There are various other plaques on this same building, but someone decided to plant a tree in front of one of them. (see pictures). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Kirby (a few steps from this marker); Niagara Apothecary (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara Agricultural Society (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Town of Niagara (about 90 meters away); Niagara Historical Society (about 90 meters away); John Graves Simcoe (about 120 meters away); First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada (about 120 meters away); Bicentennial of First Parliament (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
In Grateful Memory Of Henry Paffard image. Click for full size.
By Lora Szloh, November 14, 2009
4. In Grateful Memory Of Henry Paffard
1824-1912 For 26 years Mayor of Niagara 45 years. An officer of the public library and 10 years vice-president of the historyical society and to whos good taste and energy owe the beautiful trees on our streets and in our park. Placed here by the Niagara Historical Society 1924
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2009, by Lora Szloh of Berea, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,293 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2009, by Lora Szloh of Berea, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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