Thomas and Frances Stewart

In 1822, the Stewart family emigrated from County Antrim, Ireland, to Upper Canada and the following year they began to farm this land on the Otonabee River. Thomas A. Stewart (1786-1847) served as justice of the peace and member of the Legislative Council and through his public service he played a significant role in Peterborough's early development. His wife Frances (1794-1872) wrote a series of detailed and highly descriptive letters concerning the life and early growth of the Peterborough region. These were published in 1889 under the title of "Our Forest Home". Invaluable as a historical record, they provide a vivid account of a pioneer community in the early 1880s.


On the grounds of Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, Armour Road, Peterborough

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Peterborough

Municipality: City of Peterborough