A good example of what a first shelter looked like for most early settlers in the county. A dirt floor and rudimentary fireplace inside where the wind would blow through the loose-fitted logs made for a drafty home. George White drew this place not far from his Oro Township home in Shanty Bay. You can see where the place gets its name.

HISTORY: Promise wasn't for everyone

By 1826, many people were interested in taking advantage of the potential Canada offered, and there was a lot of vacant land - but how to get that land into the hands of the settlers?

Eureka Villa in Belle Ewart was a popular spot on Lake Simcoe, catering to road, rail and steamer traffic and slaking the thirsts of travellers.

Business poured into Simcoe County

One of the main commercial developments during settlement in Simcoe County — or anywhere in Upper Canada in the 19th century — was the tavern and hotel.

The battle of Fort Oswego in upper New York state, was a success for the Royal Navy, thanks in part to the actions of Miller Worsley.

Navy hero remembered locally

Miller Worsley was not some cast-off from the Royal Navy, sent off to Canada to fulfill some half-hearted commitment to the defence of British North America when the United States declared war in 1812.

The dam at Swift Current on the Severn River was built as a replacement to the poorly sited Ragged Rapids facility and had the advantage of being built with more federal funds and being part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Orillia played hardball

On March 22, 1902, Orillia council met to secretly plan the takeover of the Ragged Rapids generating station on the Severn River, north of the town.

Thomas Taylor later in life, after he retired from his legal profession in Manitoba.

Wild inspiration for lawyer

Sir Thomas Wardlaw Taylor became one of the country’s leading legal lights, as Canada grew from provinces scattered across the top of the continent to a single united nation.