One of the reasons people love to live in and visit this area are the lovely villages and hamlets.
Just a few kilometres north of the proposed quarry site is the village of Alton.
Alton is located on Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations and the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron Wendat.
In 1816 Martin Middaugh Jr. a S.U.E. (Son) of a United Empire Loyalist received a 200 acre land grant from the Crown. In the ensuing years settlement took place on the banks of Shaw's Creek (a tributary of the Credit River). A hamlet emerged as Alton became a thriving industrial centre for many years.
In 1852 with the population growing this community needed a post office and therefore an official name. A town hall meeting was held to come up with a name. John Meek, son of Robert Meek who owned the popular general store in the village suggested the name Alton, as he held in hand a newspaper from Alton, Illinois. Everybody agreed Alton was easy to spell and would make an excellent choice for the community. The new post office opened in 1854. Soon after Meek opened Alton’s first hotel.
Alton prospered thanks to the mills which powered a number of different industries over the years. Alton was built up largely between the 1850s and early 1900s. A remarkable amount of Alton’s historical landmarks and homes have been preserved so that today's generation can step back in time and get a glimpse of what it was like to live in a small Ontario hamlet back in the 1800s.
Alton is a unique village in the Town of Caledon, with numerous historical buildings. The landscape has Shaw’s Creek running through the village and to the north is a hill known locally as the Pinnacle. Numerous generations have enjoyed tobogganing, skiing, hiking and biking on this wonderful hill.
The following are some of the activities being planned for the #Alton200 celebrations.
- Come grab a free Coffee and Muffin down at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley Golf Course from 8:30am to 10:30, as they will have an open house to show you what is planned for the future.
- You can also enjoy a coffee in the village.
- Things will officially kick off around 10:30 am with Steve Turner, the Wedding Piper.
- The Grand Opening will follow, with our very own Town Crier, Andrew Welsh who will lead the ceremony.
- Ryan Masters, one of our local well known musicians, will lead the village in singing of O Canada, followed by a few speeches.
- After that all the businesses will be open.
- The Alton Grange is planning “Critters in the Creek” and “One Step At a Time”, a guided hike.
- Paul Moran Gallery has “Alton History”, and well worth a stop in to look.
- Lunches will be available at Gather Cafe, Rays 3rd Generation Bistro, plus the Alton Legion.
- Alton Mill Arts Centre will be open, along with GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.
- As you navigate through out the village, THE HELP DESK, is there to help you every step of the way. There are three locations for the THE HELP DESK. Old School/New School, 4 corners and Alton Village Square.
- Post cards for the day, as a souvenir, will be passed out.
- There are three self-guided Heritage Caledon Walking Tours, that include Alton Village walking tour maps. They are on line and easy to find on your cell phone.
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