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City of Belleville (Single Tier Hastings)

Phone : (613) 968-3599
Your Host(s) : Canada Post

Belleville, ON (Nearby: Cannifton, Corbyville, Foxboro, Ameliasburg, Plainfield)

  • 1906
  • 1912
  • Before 1910
  • 1930
  • Meyer’s Mill Built by Captain John Meyer’s, a famous Loyalist soldier, and one of the original builder of the present town of Belleville.
  • Meyer’s Mill Built by Captain John Meyer’s, a famous Loyalist soldier, and one of the original builder of the present town of Belleville.

21 College St. W.
Belleville, Ontario
K8P 2G3

Ontario Tourism Region : The Great Waterway

Description From Owner:
  • Pop. 45,065. In Thurlow T., Hastings C., on the Bay of Quinte at the mouth of the Moira R. on Hwys 2, 37 & 62, 81 km. W of Kingston.
  • Founded in 1790 by United Empire Loyalist Capt. John Walter Meyers and first known as Meyer's Creek. Upper Canada's first brick house was built nearby in 1794
  • The first post office in 1816 was called Singleton's Corners after a Capt. George Singleton, who operated the store.
  • In 1816 the name was changed to Belleville in honour of Arabella (Bella), wife of Lt.-Gov. Francis Gore of Upper Canada. Belleville's City Hall, built in the 1870s, is a well-preserved example of High Victorian architecture.
  • The official establishment of the Methodist Church resulted from a series of meetings held in Belleville in 1884, and was the culmination of years of debates and mergers between Methodist groups of British and American origin.
  • In 1966 the Belleville Seminary, founded in 1857, was rechartered as Albert College, an affiliate of the University of Toronto. Five years later it became an independent, degree-granting institution.
  • The Ontario School for the Deaf, the fIrst provincial school for deaf children, opened here in 1870. Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917) of Belleville, served as prime minister of Canada 1894-1896.
  • Canada's first side-by-side hanging:
  • A dispute over a hen resulted in Canada's first side-by-side hanging and the last public execution in Belleville.
  • A neighbour, a Mr. Munro who lived across the road from Richard Aylward (1836-1862) and Mary Aylward (1839-1862) had hens that used to cross the road to eat the grain in the Aylward's grain field.
  • When one of Munro's hens went missing after his wife heard a gunshot, he and his son Alexander accused Aylward of killing his hen. A scuffle ensued during which Alexander was hit with 29 pellets in his backside.
  • May Aylward rushed to the defence of her husband armed with a scythe slashing Munro on his arm and head. Munro died a week later, saying, according to his son, he would 'rather die than be treated by the Indian doctor.'
  • The Aylwards were arrested and charged with murder. After a trial lasting less than a day, and in which the arresting officer admitted he lost both the gun and the scythe, a 12-man jury announced a verdict of 'guilty with a recommendation of mercy'.
  • The judge, Chief Justice Draper, ordered the couple to be hanged. On the morning of the hanging, a crowd of more than 5,000 people, many of them drunk, gathered to watch.
  • After the couple had died, their bodies hung on disp- lay for a half hour for the satisfaction of those attending. The couple's three children were split up and raised by two supportive families.
  • Postcards above used with permission from A Great Lakes Treasury of Old Postcards 2007 Lorenzo Marcolin, MD 176 pp. For Copies call the Huronia Museum 705 526 2844 or email

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Off the beaten track:
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  • Fenwood Gardens, 7km
  • Honeywell Corners, 8km
  • Thurlow, 7km
  • Rednersville, 8km
  • Point Anne, 7km
  • Mountain View, Prince Edward County area, 11km
  • Centre, 10km
  • Thrasher's Corners, 11km
  • Wallbridge, 10km
  • Chatterton, 11km
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  • Plainfield, 14km
  • Burr, 14km
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  • Latta, 15km
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  • Allisonville, 16km
  • Halloway, 15km
  • Blessington, 14km
  • Phillipston, 17km
  • Shannonville, 13km
  • Melville, Prince Edward County area, 18km
  • Bowermans, 18km
  • Oak Lake, Stirling area, 15km
  • Madoc Junction, 18km
  • Albury, 15km
  • Halston, 18km
  • Huff's Corners, Bloomfield area, 18km
  • Tuftsville, 18km
  • Hillcrest, Consecon area, 19km
  • Milltown, 15km
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  • Gilbert Mills, 17km
  • Roslin, 20km
  • Moira, 21km
  • West Huntingdon Station, 20km
  • River Valley, Stirling area, 17km
  • Chisholm's Mills, 21km
  • Melrose, Shannonville area, 17km
  • Glen Miller, 16km
  • Niles Corners, 22km
  • North Port, 16km
  • Trenton, 17km
  • Bethel, Picton area, 19km
  • West Huntingdon, 22km
  • Stirling, 19km
  • Hillier, 23km
  • Wellington, 24km
Nearby Lakes:
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  • Ameliasburg Mill Pond, 13km
  • Oak Lake, 15km
  • Ross Lake, 18km
  • Consecon Lake, 20km
  • Fish Lake, 19km
  • Bloomfield Mill Pond, 24km
  • Tremur Lake, 20km
  • Moreland Lake, 27km
  • West Lake, 27km
  • Drag Lake, 30km
  • White Lake, 31km
  • Snake Lake, 32km
  • East Lake, 31km
  • Marland Lake, 31km
  • Stoco Lake, 34km
  • Moira Lake, 36km
  • Lake on the Mountain, 30km
  • Banker Lake, 38km
  • Matson Lake, 30km
  • Lime Lake, 34km
  • Mill Pond, 35km
  • Dry Lake, 36km
  • Jarvis Lake, 41km
  • Rylstone Lake, 38km
  • Hazzard Lake, 45km
  • Goose Lake, 41km
  • West Sheffield Lake, 44km
  • Mud Lake, 37km
  • Sampson Lake, 42km
  • Eldorado Lake, 47km
  • White Lake, 41km
  • Haley Lake, 46km
  • Little Lake, 38km
  • Round Lake, 47km
  • Bruno Lake, 48km
  • Calpin Lake, 47km
  • Little Mellon Lake, 48km
  • Crowe Lake, 45km
  • Little Mitten Lake, 49km
  • Seymour Lake, 42km
  • Beaver Lake, 46km
  • Todd Lake, 50km
  • Mitten Lake, 50km
  • Lost Lake, 40km
  • Norham Pond, 39km
  • Shirtcliff Lake, 51km
  • Mellon Lake, 50km
  • Perrys Lake, 43km
  • Shovel Lake, 52km