Greenbank: The Heart of Reach Township

Creator(s): Scugog Shores Historical Museum

The Pioneers of Greenbank, Ontario

This Community Memories Exhibit tells the story of courageous pioneers who survived the challenge of inhospitable terrain to establish a small settlement that is now a quiet, rural town in southern Ontario 50 miles northeast of Toronto.

It explores Greenbank's history over 125 years from 1835 to 1960, highlighting the questions of why the four founding families decided to settle the district, how they survived the challenges of their agricultural subsistence and how their lives reflected similar struggles faced by settlers across Ontario.

The Scugog Shores Museum uses artefacts, hand-written documents including the diary of Mr. Cragg, photographs and personal memories of the community, all found in the three buildings from Greenbank in the Museum Village, to document the emergence of this quiet rural community north of the booming port town of Port Perry and the prosperous grain centre of Prince Albert.

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