Pembroke in Renfrew County, Ontario — Central Canada
The Founder of Pembroke
Peter White, born in Edinburgh, was a merchant seaman when he was pressed into the Royal Navy in 1813 and sent to Canada. Following service on the Great Lakes under Commodore Sir James Yeo, he left the Navy and entered the lumber trade in the Ottawa Valley. In May, 1828, he first visited the wilderness site of Pembroke and, attracted by its timber potential, made his headquarters here. One of the area's principal lumber merchants, he also operated a general store and combined blacksmith shop and leatherworking establishment. A local magistrate for some forty years, White held various municipal offices in the community which grew up around his enterprises. He died in 1878.
Erected by Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario.
Location. 45° 49.396′ N, 77° 5.103′ W. Marker is in Pembroke, Ontario, in Renfrew County. Marker is at the intersection of Pembroke Street East (Provincial Highway 17) and Angus Campbell Drive, on the right when traveling south on Pembroke Street East. Touch for map. Marker is located on the front lawn of the Champlain Trail Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1032 Pembroke Street East, Pembroke, Ontario K8A 6Z2, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are Jeanne Lajoie (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); The Pembroke and Mattawan Road (approx. 4.2 kilometers away); First Military Test Flights (approx. 18.2 kilometers away).
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.