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Seaforth, Ontario, Canada - Church of St. James 22 Victoria St., Seaforth, ONTARIO Established 1880 Source: Google maps

"Anticipating the construction of the Buffalo, Brantford and Goderich Railroad through this region during 1850-1853 Christopher and George Sparling acquired most of the present site of Seaforth. George laid out a subdivision in 1856 and Christopher sold most of his land in Tuckersmith Township to a syndicate, headed by James Patton of Barrie Ontario. Patton is said to have procured a railway station and named it Seaforth. Situated on the Huron Road (Hwy 8) and the railway, the town was a shipping point for wheat."

It wasn't long after that that Seaforth had a post office, several hotels, a doctor, a blacksmith, a wagon-maker and several firms engaged in the building trades and the buying and selling of grain. Seaforth was a noted grain-buying centre. At one time, firms were handling a million dollars worth of wheat each year, more than any point in Ontario, Toronto being no exception. The town was incorporated in 1875.

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Church of St. James
22 Victoria St., Seaforth, ONTARIO
Established 1880
Source: Google maps
Seaforth, Ontario, Canada

Church of St. James
22 Victoria St., Seaforth, ONTARIO
Established 1880
Source: Google maps
Main Street
Seaforth, Ontario, Canada

Main Street

Seaforth, Ontario, Canada

Goderich Street
Seaforth, Ontario, Canada

Goderich Street

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1869 - Seaforth
"Seaforth.— An incorporated Village, and Station of the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railroad, in the Townships of Tuckersmith and McKillop, County Huron, 22 miles from Goderich, the County Town, 16 from Bay field, and 27 from Wroxeter. A large trade in lumber and grain is done here, and the village is rapidly increasing in importance. Stages to Bayfield and Wroxeter Money Order Office ami Savings' Bank. Population 1809."
The Province of Ontario Gazetteer and Directory: Containing Concise Descriptions of Cities, Towns and Villages in the Province, with the Names of Professional and Business Men and Principal Inhabitants, Together with a Full List of Members of the Executive Governments, Senators, Members of the Commons and Local Legislatures, and Officials of the Dominion, and a Large Amount of Other General, Varied and Useful Information, Carefully Compiled from the Most Recent and Authentic Data Henry McEvoy January 1, 1869 Robertson & Cook
SEAFORTH, an incorporated village of Ontario, co. of Huron, on the Buffalo branch of the G. T. R., 21 miles from Goderich. It contains a branch bank, 2 telegraph offices, a newspaper office, mechanics' institute, an iron foundry, woolen mills, several hotels and churches, and a number of stores. Here are the most extensive salt wells known on the American continent. At a depth of 1,100 feet is a solid stratum of pure rock salt of unknown thickness. Seaforth is an important market town. The exports of wheat and other grain exceed a million bushels annually. Pop. 1,800.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1876 - Fire
In September of 1876, at two o'clock in the morning, a fire broke out in Mrs. Griffith's candy and grocery store raging through Main Street, destroying 12 acres of the business section. However, the town rebounded quickly and Main Street was rebuilt with bricks and mortar, known as 'Commercial Blocks', which are still present today more than a century later. The most impressive was the one built by Alexander Cardno, more commonly referred to as 'The Cardno Block', located at the centre of the west side of Main Street. This structure contained the town's first clock tower and served as a hub for social activities held in the Cardno Music and Concert Hall, located on the second floor, and flanked by tall windows overlooking the bustling main street. The clock still continues to keep perfect time and remains a constant reminder of the district's illustrious past.
1880 - Church of St. James established at Seaforth
1895 - Seaforth
Seaforth, see'forth, a village of Ontario, co. of Huron, on the Grand Trunk Railway, 21 miles S.E. of Goderich. It has a branch bank, a newspaper office, mechanics' institute, foundry, woollen-mills, several hotels and churches, salt-wells, and extensive exports of grain, P.(1891) 2641.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Seaforth, a banking post-town and outport of Huron co., Ontario, on the Grand Trunk R., 21 miles SE. of Goderich. It has numerous mills and manufactories. Salt has been extensively produced from salt-wells. Pop. in 1901, 2247.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Whether you're a local looking for new experiences or a visitor passing through, there are plenty of places to go and things to do in Seaforth. Let's explore some of the highlights:
1. Seaforth Conservation Area: Start your exploration of Seaforth's natural beauty at the Seaforth Conservation Area. This peaceful park offers walking trails, picnic areas, and a pond for fishing. It's a great place for a family outing or a leisurely afternoon in the great outdoors.

2. Seaforth Golf Club: If you're a golf enthusiast, be sure to visit the Seaforth Golf Club. This scenic 18-hole course is known for its well-maintained greens and welcoming atmosphere. It's an excellent spot to enjoy a round of golf with friends or family.

3. Visit the Shops: Seaforth has a charming downtown area with a variety of unique shops. You can explore local boutiques, antique stores, and specialty shops to find one-of-a-kind treasures and gifts.

4. MacNaughton Park: This beautiful park in Seaforth is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It features a playground for kids, walking trails, and a scenic creek. It's perfect for a leisurely stroll or a family picnic.

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