Founder of Preston, The

Born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, John Erb (1764-1832) was a Mennonite of Swiss ancestry. He came to Upper Canada in 1805, acquired 7,500 acres of land from the German Land Company, and settled on the site of Preston. The following year, he built a sawmill and, in 1807, a grist-mill around which the community grew. The numerous descendants of John Erb and his relatives have played an important role in the development of Waterloo County. This town, known as "Cambridge Mills," was renamed after Preston, England.


In front of the former Preston town hall, King Street, Cambridge

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Municipality: City of Cambridge