A history of Simcoe County

This work naturally divided itself into two parts, distinct from each other in some ways, yet interwoven in other respects. First, a history of the public affairs of the county, and of its
material progress, its institutions, etc. Second, a record of its pioneers with brief sketches of their lives, more especially those pioneers who took some part in public affairs.

You may read both Volume I and Volume II; Courtesy of The University of Toronto Library (Which hosts a scanning center that is leveraged by many Canadian libraries) and https://archive.org.

This comprehensive two volume book covers the early history of Simcoe County and includes all of the early settlement areas, their development and transportation routes. This volume is a monument to the memory of the early settlers and pioneers of the county. There are numerous interesting illustrations of important people and places, spread across both volumes. Some highlights of these include:

Volume I

  • The first map of North Simcoe (1660)
  • Indian Council House and Church, Orillia (1831)
  • The site of Fort Nottawasaga (1816-8)
  • Main Street, Penetanguishene
  • The Inner Harbor, Collingwood
  • in the Docks, Collingwood
  • The Colonization Roads of the County, 1849-50
  • Collingwood Railway Terminus The docks with elevator
  • The first Court House, 1843-77
  • The first Jail, 1840-63
  • The County Jail of to-day
  • Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie
  • Armory of the 35th Regiment

Volume II

  • Benjamin W. Smith, the first Sheriff of Simcoe County
  • Diagram showing- the original position of Bradford
  • The Simcoe County Council of 1885
  • The Boyne River, at Alliston
  • The Provincial Asylum, Penetanguishene
  • The Ragged Rapids, Severn River, and Orillia’s Power Plant
  • John Hogg, Collingwood, Warden, 1873