Musket, Drums & Secret Trails - 1812 Event. Anchor Park, Holland Landing - July 20th
- Hi Everyone,
I have received a late request from the Musket, Drums and Secret Trails War
of 1812 event that is taking place on July 19th and 20th at Anchor Park in
Holland Landing, Ontario. They are looking for period merchants, artisans
and demonstrators to participate in their event on July 20th and presently
still have a budget to potentially compensate financially those who may be
able to attend. If you are available for this event and are willing to
attend please contact Cathy Morton directly at [cathy.morton@...] or
905-557-0304. For further information and questions regarding the event
please contact Cathy Morton directly as well.
Muskets, Drums & Secret Trails
By Nancy Eves
President, East Gwillimbury Historical Society
Coordinator, Muskets, Drums & Secret Trails - July 19 & 20, 2013
Muskets refers to the settlers of the area & the Quakers along Yonge St
Drums refers to the three Native Bands around Lake Simcoe who marched down
Yonge St. to help defend York (Toronto) when it was first invaded and burned
by the Americans. The bands were under the leadership of: Chief Yellowhead
(Orillia), Chief Snake (Snake Island and surrounding areas south) and Chief
Aissance (Barrie area and north & west).
The Secret Trails refers to: the land and waterways trails - Yonge St. , the
east branch of the Holland River, Lake Simcoe, the Nine Mile Portage, Willow
Creek and the Nottawasaga River. The length of the overland passage was
extensive stretching from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay.
The idea of an inland passageway to the Upper Great Lakes was a concept of
Lieut.-Gov. John Graves Simcoe in 1793. He envisaged that one day the inland
corridor would prove to be of strategic importance especially if Americans
should ever decide to evade Upper Canada. Yonge St. was completed as a bush
trail in 1796. At the end of Yonge Street, where the road struck the Holland
River, was the Upper Canoe Landing and the crossroads of many native trails.
It was there that a military pine structure was built and was given the
name: Fort Gwillimbury. This building was made of red pine logs and it was
referred to in many documents and newspapers as the "Red Pine Fort"
When the war broke out in 1812, the road was of little consequence. The
North-West Company was hauling their fur-trading canoes up the road on
wagons to the Upper Canoe Landing and the settlers were using it in order to
establish themselves in the northern regions of Upper Canada.
In 1814, suddenly, Yonge St. became a very vital link to the north. The
British Naval force, having been out-manoeuvred and subsequently sustained
heavy losses at the Battle of Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie, needed an alternative
route in order to continue providing supplies to their outpost at Fort
Michilimackinac. Not being able to use the Upper Great Lakes due to
extensive American control, they took to the only other route they knew -
the inland corridor - Simcoe's route - Yonge St.
Our place in Canadian history during the war of 1812-14, not only tells the
story of the interaction of the Native allies who gave allegiance to the
British crown and the British militia who marched north to support their
northern outposts but also the Quakers who had previously established
themselves along Yonge St. between Mulock and Davis Dr. They were pacifists
and did not believe in taking up arms. When the call to war was given,
because of their religious beliefs, they were harassed by the government and
militia, food and implements taken from them and they were heavily fined. In
some cases, the men folk were thrown in Jail by government orders. This was
the beginning of the seeds that were sown that gave rise to the Rebellion of
1837 some 23 years later.
As a result, for all settlers, it was a time of struggle, deprivation,
hardship, strong religious convictions, courage, hope and determination.
Many had come to Upper Canada in search of peace and now being threatened
once again by an exterior force, a force they knew so well, they were
determined - that no matter what, they would fight on in order to retain
their allegiance to the British throne.
Role of Fort Gwillimbury in 1814:
Fort Gwillimbury, located at the end of Yonge St. at the Upper Canoe
Landing, served as a transhipment centre during the later year (1814) of the
War of 1812-14. Military supplies arrived from York (Toronto) and lay in
wait to be transported by bateaux down the east branch of the Holland River
and across Lake Simcoe to the Nine Mile Portage. In the early spring of
1815, seeing as the area around the fort was far too crowded, they relocated
to eastern shore of Soldiers Bay and there they began building the new
Holland's Landing Depot. In March of that same year, the anchor arrived on a
specially designed catapult sleigh pulled by oxen. It had been commissioned
to be used on a 44 gun frigate which was in the process of being built at
Penetanguishene but hearing the war had ended on December 24, 1814, it was
left. Then, in 1870, a new village park, known now as Anchor Park, was
established. Two years later in 1872, the anchor was hauled to the park and
has been there ever since.
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Are you going to Chrysler's farm? If you are could you bring me a set of the light infantry officers wings that we talked about. And a World War II khaki beret in 7 1/4.
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- Sorry group, that message was supposed to go direct. My apologies for the inconvenience.
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On 2013-07-09, at 15:33, Daniel Copeland <copeland521@...> wrote:
> Are you going to Chrysler's farm? If you are could you bring me a set of the light infantry officers wings that we talked about. And a World War II khaki beret in 7 1/4.
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