On this island, formerly known as Hospital Island, stood the sheds erected to house emigrants who were victims of cholera in the great epidemic of 1832. Many persons died here, including Doctor Robert Gilmour, a native of Scotland and president of the first Board of Health in Upper Canada, who was stricken while attending the sick. During the Rebellion of 1837–38, a Blockhouse was erected here for the defense of Brockville. It was destroyed by fire in 1860.
Erected 1959 by Ontario Archaeological and Historic Sites Board.
Location. 44° 35.287′ N, 75° 40.858′ W. Marker is in Brockville, Ontario, in Leeds and Grenville United Counties. Marker is on Block House Island Road 0.2 kilometers south of Water Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 30 Block House Island Road, Brockville, Ontario K6V 4R7, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 5 Sunken Treasures in the Brockville Area (here, next to this marker); The Bluenose Visit, 1933 / La visite du Bluenose, 1933 (a few steps from this marker); SS Kingston
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 264 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. 3. submitted on October 27, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.