Trafalgar Township Historical Society

“Recognizing, documenting, educating and celebrating the rich agricultural heritage of North Oakville,Trafalgar Township”

Early Communities

Glenorchy/Glenorky – Listed on 1858 Tremaines Map as farm of George Halliday at Concession 2 north of Dundas on north part of lots 21 & 22

Munn’s Corners – Located at Dundas and Sixth Line, it was so named because the Munn’s family owned the ne and se corners of the intersection. Daniel Munn operated an Inn on the south corner. The Munn’s were on the land by 1806.

Postville/ Post’s Corners – Located at Trafalgar and Dundas, it was a Hamlet called Post’s Corners from at least 1815 – 1851 and called Postville by 1857. It was the location of the local store, school, Steam saw Mill, Inn, Drill shed for the local militia and Post Office. It was also a stage stop between York and Dundas. It was called Post’s Corners because Ephraim Post owned the SW corner and the north-east corner. It is not clear when they first owned this land but sometime between 1807 and 1816.

The Inn was on the SW corner and the store and post office a bit farther west on the NW corner. The store was owned by Squire James Appelbe and around 1840 the post office was also moved into the store. (Having previously being located east of Post’s Corners and Alexander Proudfoot being the postmaster.) Just below the south east corner there was a steam saw mill. In the late 1960’s the Inn was torn down and the general store taken down to make way for a service station. The Post’s home on the north-east corner of Dundas & Trafalgar was torn down in 1965

Sixteen Village/Hollow or Proudfoots Hollow – Sixteen Village was located south of Dundas on the east bank of the Sixteen MIle Creek. (Present day it would be just west of Neyagawa Blvd.) Its founder was George Chalmers who opened a grist and saw mill, a store and an ashery there in 1827. An ashery is where potash is made. The village grew up around it and spread down the valley. The people in the village were largely Scottish Presbyterians, and the Reverend Robert Murray form the Oakville Presbyterian Congregation visited them periodically. In 1840 Chalmers sold the mill, Distillery, Dwelling house, Tavern Stand, with barns, blacksmith shop and other buildings to John Proudfoot. The area sold was 400 acres. John Proudfoot than named the mill Trafalgar and the village became known as Proudfoots Hollow. (In Tremaines map for 1858 it shows Proudfoot owning about 400 acres north of Dundas just above the location of Proudfoot Hollow. This makes me wonder if the mill was actually just north of Dundas but all the books I’ve read show it as being below.) The village disappeared by 1858 probably because of the removal of the stage coach route along Dundas and the increased focus on Oakville as a thriving centre. Proudfoot left for Ohio in the 1860’s and when the mill was closed in the 80’s only two houses remained occupied. The erection of the bridge at Dundas across the Sixteen removed what was left of the village.

Open Archives

We host our Open House at the heritage Palermo School House. Check the calendar below for the next scheduled day.

Meet our archivist, search our archives, research township family history or just come to reminisce. You’ll never know who will show up with a fascinating new piece of local history.

Admission FREE but voluntary donations are welcome.

Upcoming Events

Sep
20
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Sep 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
3:30 pm Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Sep 20 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
 
Sep
28
Sat
10:00 am Family Heritage Fair @ Palermo School House
Family Heritage Fair @ Palermo School House
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Our Family Heritage Fair includes a desk & book sale, refreshments, heritage displays and BBQ.
Oct
18
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
Nov
15
Fri
1:30 pm Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Open Archives @ Palermo School House
Nov 15 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
We host our Open Archives at the Palermo School House. We invite you to meet our archivist, explore our archives, research your Trafalgar Township ancestors, or just reminisce.
3:30 pm Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Board Meeting @ Palermo School House
Nov 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm