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Johnstown in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Eastern Ontario's First Court House and Gaol

 
 
Eastern Ontario's First Court House and Gaol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 4, 2015
1. Eastern Ontario's First Court House and Gaol Marker
Inscription.
Eastern Ontario's first Court House and Gaol was constructed on the waterfront south of this site between 1795 and 1797. The complex included a chamber for the District Court on the upper floor as well as cells and a room for the jailer on the lower level. Later a pillory and stocks were erected next to the Court House. The entire area was enclosed with a picket fence constructed with cedar posts eight feet high. In 1810 the Court and Gaol were moved to new facilities in Brockville, despite the vehement protest of the Johnstown citizens. The structure later served as a place of public worship and as a barracks and gaol during the War of 1812. It fell into a state of disrepair and eventually burned to the ground in 1875.
 
Erected by Grenville County Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 44.693′ N, 75° 27.952′ W. Marker is in Johnstown, Ontario, in Leeds & Grenville Counties. Marker is at the intersection of Provincial Highway 2 and Provincial Highway 16, on the right when traveling west on Provincial Highway 2. Touch for map. Marker is located in a lovely turnout in the shadows of the Ogdensburg/Prescott bridge that crosses the St. Lawrence river. Marker is in this post office area: Johnstown, Ontario K0E 1T1, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Eastern Ontario's First Court House and Gaol Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 4, 2015
2. Eastern Ontario's First Court House and Gaol Marker
View from the marker towards the waterfront
8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Johnstown 1789 (here, next to this marker); The Battle of the Windmill (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Welcome to the Site of The Battle of the Windmill (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); a different marker also named The Battle of the Windmill (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Nicholas "Nic" Sovie USMC (approx. 4.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); Global War on Terrorism Memorial (approx. 4.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); Korean War Veterans (approx. 4.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); World War II Memorial (approx. 4.2 kilometers away in the U.S.).
 
Categories. GovernmentWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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