United Counties of Leeds and Grenville

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Leeds and Grenville
United counties
The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Location of Leeds and Grenville United Counties
Location of Leeds and Grenville United Counties
Coordinates: 44°50′N 75°40′W / 44.833°N 75.667°W / 44.833; -75.667Coordinates: 44°50′N 75°40′W / 44.833°N 75.667°W / 44.833; -75.667
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
Region Eastern Ontario
Formed 1850
County seat Brockville
Municipalities
Area[1]
 • Land 3,383.92 km2 (1,306.54 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 99,306
 • Density 29.3/km2 (76/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website www.leedsandgrenville.ca/

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville are located Ontario, Canada, in the subregion of Southern Ontario named Eastern Ontario, and front on the Saint Lawrence River and the international boundary between Canada and the United States. The county seat is Brockville. It has a land area of 3,383.92 square kilometres (1,306.54 sq mi).

The United Counties were formed by the administrative union of the historical counties of Leeds and Grenville in 1850.

Subdivisions[edit]

The city of Brockville and towns of Gananoque and Prescott are separated from the county administration, but remain part of the county for census purposes.

Demographics[edit]

Historic populations:[3]

  • Population in 2001: 96,606
  • Population in 1996: 96,284

Ethnic make-up:

  • 97.3% White
  • 1.2% Aboriginal
  • 1.5% other

County Courthouse[edit]

William Buell granted the land for construction of the Courthouse. It is set atop a hill rising from the Saint Lawrence River. A broad boulevard extends to the main street. The Brockville Courthouse, one of the oldest in Ontario, was erected in 1842. The original plan had been to build a courthouse in the township of Johnstown but the land there was too swampy for construction. Instead, the Courthouse was built in the township of Elizabethtown.

The figure of Justice, a blind-folded woman holding the scales of justice, was carved by master carpenter William Holmes in 1844. This statue was named "Sally Grant" by Paul Glasford, the chair of the building committee, in honour of the woman who posed as the model. It was erected in 1845. However, the statue was damaged by Hurricane Hazel and by 1956, the statue was rotting. The original statue is on display at the Westport museum. A replica carved by Robert Kerr of Smiths Falls was placed atop the Courthouse in 1982.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Leeds and Grenville United counties census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  2. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 

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