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BOOK - History of Niagara (pre 1914 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario)
By Janet Carnochan
Originally published by William Briggs, Toronto, 1914
This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2006


Another historical reprint by Global Heritage Press Inc.

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Originally published in 1914, The History of Niagara is a compelling and complete history of the town of Niagara (Niagara-on-the-Lake) and the surrounding area. Since European settlement, Niagara-on-the-Lake has been known as Loyal Village; Butlersburg; West Niagara; Newark; Niagara, and now as Niagara-on-the-Lake. The following excerpt from A. H. U. Colquhoun's Preface best describes the content of this historic book:
    If anyone doubted the genius for research in the historical field which Miss Janet Carnochan possesses, the following pages would dispel the doubt. The work is an example of elaborate and untiring investigation. It embodies the fullest details of the history of Niagara. All the phases of the. town's existence since the days of Governor Simcoe, every incident that reveals the close connection between the growth of the place and the development of the Province, are to be found here.

    The local narrative is in itself of wide interest because Niagara is a kind of mother-colony, and from it have gone forth to other parts of Canada families and individuals retaining memories and traditions of the early settlement. But the book is much more than local in its theme. As the first capital of Upper Canada, where the Legislature began its sessions, as a battle-ground in the War of 1812, as a border town intimately associated witll international disturb­ances, Niagara touches national history at many points. Miss Carnochan has left nothing unrecorded. From the rich stores of her knowledge have been drawn details of political, social, religious, educational and commercial beginnings. We get a complete picture of life in one of our oldest and most interesting towns, and can reconstruct in the mind's eye what Canada was like more than a century ago...
Contents include:

  • Niagara
  • Early Census and Municipal Records
  • Navy Hall and Fort George
  • First Parliament and Governor Simcoe
  • The United Empire Loyalists
  • General Sir Isaac Brock
  • Butler's Barracks
  • American Occupation, May 27th To December 10th, 1813
  • Fort Niagara
  • Niagara Library, 1800-1820
  • St. Mark's Church
  • Newspapers
  • St. Andrew's Church
  • Streets and maps of the town
  • Early buildings and early merchants Freemasons
  • Schools, public and private
  • The boats and harbor and dock company
  • Assemblies, Balls and celebrations
  • Growth of the town and changes
  • The mayors of Niagara and the town records
  • The jail and the court house
  • The Methodist church
  • Military
  • The Baptist Church
  • Graveyards of Niagara and vicinity
  • Indians, their treaties and council meetings
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church
  • Africans in Niagara
  • Odd advertisements and items found in Niagara papers
  • Canada Presbyterian Church
  • Niagara public library
  • Niagara high school
  • Statutes passed in parliament relating to Niagara from 1792 to 1840
  • Physicians and lawyers
  • Post offices and postmasters
  • Obituary notices
  • Societies and clubs
  • Societies
  • Books printed or written here
  • Poems relating to Niagara
  • Fruit in the Niagara Peninsula
  • References to early books of travel
  • Visitors at Niagara
  • Closing words
  • INDEX


  • About the author:
      Janet Carnochan was born 14 November 1839 at Stamford, Ontario. She taught school in southern Ontario for many years. She is known mostly as a founder of the Niagara Historical Museum at Niagara-on-the-Lake, but she also was a library trustee in this community for many years. She died at Niagara on 1 April 1926. A provincial plaque situated on the Niagara Historical Museum grounds records her contributions.
    352 pages
    Fifty illustrations
    Index
    Originally published by William Briggs, Toronto, 1914
    This edition published by Global Heritage Press, Milton 2006 (CD 2010)

    ISBN 1-894571-75-4
    Hard cover





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