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Brockville in Leeds & Grenville Counties, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Blockhouse Island

 
 
Blockhouse Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 4, 2015
1. Blockhouse Island Marker
Inscription.
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 & Grenville Counties. Marker is on Block House Island Parkway 0.2 kilometers south of Water Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Brockville Tunnel (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Brockville "Van" or Caboose (about 180 meters away); Forsyth’s Raid 1813 (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); William Buell’s 1816 Map of Brockville (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); William Buell, Sr. (approx. 0.4 kilometers
Wideview of Blockhouse Island Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, August 4, 2015
2. Wideview of Blockhouse Island Marker
away); George Chaffey (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Former Brockville Post Office (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Ogle Robert Gowan, 1803-1876 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. K.C.B. (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Johnstown District Court House and Gaol (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brockville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 208 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.
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