Founding of Uxbridge, The

The settlement of this area was stimulated by the arrival about 1806 of approximately twelve Quaker families from Pennsylvania. About 1808, Joseph Collins completed the first saw and grist-mill around which a community developed. The mill was bought in 1832 by Joseph Gould. A post office named Uxbridge was opened in 1836 with Joseph Bascom as Postmaster. In 1844, Gould, industrialist, landowner and later first member of the Parliament of Canada for Ontario North, erected a large woollen mill. The completion, in 1871, of the section of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway between Scarborough and Uxbridge fostered the growth of the community. Incorporated as a village with a population of 1,367 in 1872, Uxbridge became a town in 1885.


At the public library, 9 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of Durham

Municipality: Township of Uxbridge