Founding of Brussels, The - Ontario Heritage Trust


Founding of Brussels, The

In 1854, William Ainley purchased two hundred acres of land here on the Middle Branch of the Maitland River. The following year, he laid out a village plot that he named Ainleyville. A post office named Dingle was opened in 1856. The community flourished and, by 1863, contained a sawmill, a grist-mill, blacksmith shops, a woollen mill and several other small industries. In anticipation of the rapid growth that the expected construction of a branch of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway would bring, Ainleyville, with a population of 780, was incorporated as a village and renamed Brussels on December 24, 1872. Within a decade, the population had increased to about 1800.


In front of the public library, Turnberry and Mill roads, Brussels

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Huron

Municipality: Municipality of Huron East