Toronto's Historical Plaques
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Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2012
At the rear of the 223-year-old (as of 2017) house attached to a rock can be found this 1978 Toronto Historical Board plaque. Here's what it tells us:
Coordinates: 43.630709 -79.423996
John Scadding (1754-1824), the manager of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe's Estate in Devonshire, arrived in Canada in 1792, and came to York with Simcoe the following year. He was granted 100 ha east of the Don River where, in 1794, he built a log cabin. He lived in England from 1796 to 1818 but returned to York and sold the cabin and part of his land to William Smith Jr., whose descendants, along with the York Pioneer and Historical Society, moved the cabin here in 1879.
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