Esquesing Township (Halton Hills) : 200 YEARS

This map, copied from the 1877 Halton Historical Atlas, displays most of the small communities of Esquesing Township. By this time Georgetown and Acton are both incorporated towns.

We are celebrating the 200th birthday of Halton Hills (Esquesing Township) by posting photographs from the Esquesing Historical archives. The first European settlers began arriving in this area in 1819. Their primary task was to clear the land of the massive thick forests.

Oxen were essential to the early pioneers; they were more capable than horses.

Main street looking north, Georgetown. c. 1845

In the early years pioneers planted crops around the stumps. In time the stumps would rot  and the stump pulling machine would be put into action.

Some fields in this area did not have the last stumps removed until the beginning of the 1900’s.

Jean Leslie sitting on an old tree stump. c. 1910

A few stump fences can still be seen along the rural roads.

After the log house was built the barn for the livestock was next to be built.  Neighbours in the area would gather for a barn raising.

Sprowl Barn Raising (late 19th century) Lot 26 Concession 4.

The completed Sprowl barn (1895) is located behind the house on Churchill Rd. S. (3rd Line) A new subdivision is located on this site across from the Acton Sewage Treatment Plant