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Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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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  • 1828 - Church of St. Mark the Evangelist established at Prescott

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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Church of St. Mark the Evangelist
    160 Dibble Street W, Prescott, ONTARIO
    Established 1828
    Source: Google maps
    Photograph
  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Scene of Windmill Battle of 1837-38, Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Postcard
  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Prescott from Ogdensburgh Harbour
    Canadian Scenery,
    by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1842
    Artwork
  • 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, ...Read MORE...


  • 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....Read MORE...


  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Rail Road Bay, Prescott, Ont.
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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Market & Town Hall
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  • 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,...Read MORE...


  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Water Front
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  • 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...Read MORE...


  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    Blue Church, Prescott, Ont.
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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    High School
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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    St. Mark's Church and Convent
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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    King Street
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  • Prescott, Ontario, Canada
    McAuley's Motel
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Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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Scene of Windmill Battle of 1837-38, Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Artwork
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Prescott from Ogdensburgh Harbour
Canadian Scenery,
by N.P. Willis, Illustrated by William Henry Bartlett, 1842

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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Rail Road Bay, Prescott, Ont.

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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Market & Town Hall

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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Water Front

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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Blue Church, Prescott, Ont.

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

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High School

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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St. Mark's Church and Convent

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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King Street

Prescott, Ontario, Canada

Postcard
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McAuley's Motel

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  • 1828 - Church of St. Mark the Evangelist established at Prescott

    www.gcatholic.org
  • 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, ... Read MORE...

  • 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.... Read MORE...

  • 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,... Read MORE...

  • 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... Read MORE...

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