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Prescott, Ontario, Canada - Church of St. Mark the Evangelist 160 Dibble Street W, Prescott, ONTARIO Established 1828 Source: Google maps

Prescott, Ont, incorporated as a town in 1834, is located 18 kilometres east of Brockville on the ST LAWRENCE RIVER. The site was strategically located at the head of navigation above the former St Lawrence rapids (they were inundated during the building of the ST LAWRENCE SEAWAY). The French built Fort de Lévis nearby in 1759-1760 to delay the British from attacking Montreal during the SEVEN YEARS' WAR. The battle here from 18-25 August 1760 was the last major engagement between British and French forces on Canadian soil.

LOYALISTS began settling in the area in 1784. Major Edward Jessup founded the town in 1810 on some of the land the British government granted him in return for his service. He named his community for Governor-in-Chief Robert PRESCOTT.

The WAR OF 1812 soon broke out and the first Fort Wellington was built here and used as the base for an attack on Ogdensburg, NY.

Prescott prospered as a goods transfer point because of its location where the rapids interrupted transportation traffic. By the 1850s, it was the southern terminus of a railway line to Bytown [Ottawa] and was located on the GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY. Distilleries and breweries were an important part of Prescott’s economy until the early 1900s.

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Church of St. Mark the Evangelist
160 Dibble Street W, Prescott, ONTARIO
Established 1828
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Church of St. Mark the Evangelist
160 Dibble Street W, Prescott, ONTARIO
Established 1828
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Scene of Windmill Battle of 1837-38, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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Scene of Windmill Battle of 1837-38, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
Prescott from Ogdensburgh Harbour
Canadian Scenery, 
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry
Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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Prescott from Ogdensburgh Harbour
Canadian Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1842
Rail Road Bay, Prescott, Ont.
Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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Rail Road Bay, Prescott, Ont.
Market & Town Hall
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Water Front
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Blue Church, Prescott, Ont.
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Blue Church, Prescott, Ont.
High School
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St. Mark's Church and Convent
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St. Mark's Church and Convent
King Street
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McAuley's Motel
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Establishment of St. John the Evangelist Church in Prescott
In 1821, Prescott was viewed as a distinct parish and the Rev.
Robert Blakey was sent here from England by the Society for the
Propagation of the Gospel. A church building had already been begun, situated on the south end of the present property, on land
granted by Susannah Jessup. The land deed was made out to him on Nov. 1, 1822, on payment of five shillings. The church was a frame building of characteristic Norman design.
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1828 - Church of St. Mark the Evangelist established at Prescott

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1869 - Prescott
"Prescott- — A Town and Port of Entry on the River St. Lawrence, situated near the Junction of the Grand Trunk and St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railroads, in the Township of Augusta, County Grenville, opposite the City of Ogdensburgh, N.Y. The steamers plying between Montreal and Hamilton stop here daily, and ferries pass every hour between Prescott and Ogdensburgh. Distant from Brockville, the County Town, 12 miles, Ottawa 45, Montreal 113 and from Toronto 220. Money Order Office and Savings Bank. Population 3,000"
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
1873
PRESCOTT, a county of Ontario, comprises an area of 313,916 acres. It is bounded by the Ottawa river on the N. Capital, L'Orignal. Pop. 17,647.

PRESCOTT, an incorporated town and port of entry of Ontario, co. of Grenville, on the River St. Lawrence, at the S. terminus of the St. L. & 0. R., and on the G. T. R., 114 miles W. of Montreal, 54 miles S. of Ottawa. It has 1 branch bank, 2 telegraph offices, 4 churches, about 50 stores, 2 iron foundries, 3 breweries and 1 distillery. A newspaper is published here. Fort Wellington is near Prescott. A short distance below the town is Windmill Point, where stand the ruins of an old stone windmill in which, in 1837, a number of "Patriots" established themselves but were driven out with severe loss. The town of Ogdensburg lies immediately opposite Prescott. The value of imports for 1872 was $216,261; exports $763,594. Pop. 2,617.
Lovell's gazetteer of British North America; J. Lovell; Montreal, 1873
1895 - Prescott
Prescott, a town and port of entry of Ontario co. of Grenville, on the river St. Lawrence, at the S. terminus of the St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway, and on the Grand Trunk Railway, 114 miles W. of Montreal, and 34 miles S. of Ottawa. It has a branch bank, 4 churches, 30 stores, 2 iron-foundries, 3 breweries, a distilleries, and a newspaper office. Fort Wellington is near Prescott, and Ogdensburg, N.Y., lies immediately opposite. Pop. 2919.
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
1906
Prescott, a banking town and port of entry of Ontario, capital of the co. of Grenville, on the river St. Lawrence, opposite Ogdensburg, N.Y., and on the Grand Trunk and Canadian Pacific Rs., 114 miles SW. of Montreal. It has iron-foundries, breweries, distillery, manufactories of starch, emery-wheels, caskets, etc. Pop. in 1901, 3019.
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 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Prescott, Ontario:
1. Fort Wellington National Historic Site:

Explore this well-preserved 19th-century military fort, complete with reenactments, guided tours, and informative exhibits. Learn about its role in defending Canada during the War of 1812.

2. St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival:

If you're visiting during the summer, catch a performance of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival. Enjoy open-air theater productions of classic Shakespearean plays in a beautiful riverside setting.

3. Prescott Heritage Walking Tour:

Take a leisurely stroll through the town's historic district. The walking tour includes numerous heritage buildings, plaques, and stories that bring Prescott's history to life.

4. Sandra S. Lawn Harbour & Marina:

Spend some time by the water at the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour & Marina. You can go for a peaceful walk along the waterfront, enjoy a picnic, or even rent a boat or kayak to explore the St. Lawrence River.

5. Battle of the Windmill National Historic... Read MORE...

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