||This article is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject. (June 2010)|
|• Town mayor||Bernie MacLellan|
|• MPP||Lisa Thompson|
|• MP||Ben Lobb|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|Postal code||N0K 1W0|
Originally known as Four Corners and Steene's Corners after an early settler, much of the area of what is now Seaforth was acquired by brothers Christopher and George Sparling in anticipation of the construction of the Buffalo, Brantford and Goderich Railway. Developer James Patton of Barrie purchased the land and laid out a townsite in 1855.
In many ways, Seaforth is the quintessential small Ontario town. The Victorian streetscape stands as a testament to the town's rich history and all the image and influences that make rural Ontario and its hierarchy of small urban centres so unique.
Seaforth's Main Street is a Provincially Designated Heritage Conservation District, and architectural critics consider it to be one of the finest late 19th century streetscapes remaining in the Province.
A post office was established in Seaforth in 1859. Incorporation as a Village followed in 1868 and as a Town in 1874. In 2001, Seaforth was amalgamated with Brussels, Grey Township, McKillop Township and Tuckersmith Township to form the Municipality of Huron East.
In September 1876, at two o'clock in the morning, a fire broke out in Mrs. Griffith's Candy and Grocery store raging through Main Street destroying 12 acres (49,000 m2) of the business section. The town rebounded and Main Street was rebuilt with the brick and block structures which we see today, more than a century later.
Seaforth's Main street was designated in 1984 as a heritage Conservation District because of its distinguished late 19th-century architecture. This architectural composition of two storey brick buildings is unique in its uniformity of scale and character. Through grants and local support, property owners have been encouraged to restore and preserve the architectural characteristics of their buildings so that this valuable resource may continue to be an asset to the community in the years ahead, and be a comforting reminder of Seaforth's history.
The local radio stations are 101.7 The One, AM920, 94.5 The Bull - www.cknxradio.com
- Jim Balsillie (born 1961) Billionaire philanthropist and former co-CEO of BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion
- John Melady Canadian non-fiction author
- Richard Nesbitt (born 1955) CEO of the Toronto Stock Exchange
- David W. Scott (born 1965) Canadian playwright: "There's Nothing in the Paper", "The Ballad of Stompin' Tom"
- Helix (band) Also mentioned Seaforth in the live version of their hit song, Heavy Metal Love on the album Half-Alive.
- Howard Hillen Kerr (1900–1984) First principal of what was then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute
- Charlie Mason (1912–1971) Former NHL player
- Colonel Anthony Van Egmond (1778–1838) First farmer in the Huron Tract, participant in Upper Canada Rebellion
- Cooney Weiland (1904–1985) Former NHL player and head coach
Contemporary Sports Figures
- Leah Craig - Former hockey player in the NCAA with the University of New Hampshire
- Boyd Devereaux - Former NHL player, brother to Kathy.
- Kathy Devereaux - Former hockey player in the NWHL with the Brampton Thunder, sister to Boyd.
- Ian Doig - Former professional golfer, Canadian Professional Golf Tour
- Tyler Doig - Professional hockey player, Toledo Walleye, ECHL
- Scott Driscoll - NHL linesman
- Arden Eddie - (born 1947) Former Iron Man participant, team owner and manager in the Intercounty Baseball League
- Lloyd Eisler - Former figure skating star
- Mike Kelly - Play-by-play broadcaster, Springfield Falcons, American Hockey League
- Mike McLaughlin - Hockey player in the NCAA with Northeastern University
- Dave McLlwain - Former NHL player
- Nicole Munro - Former hockey player in the NCAA with the University of Maine
- Greg Murray - Former professional hockey player, brother to Pat and Rem.
- Pat Murray - Former NHL player, brother to Greg and Rem.
- Rem Murray - Professional hockey player for HC TWK Innsbruck in the Austrian National League, brother to Greg and Pat.
- Derek Nesbitt - Professional hockey player, Peoria Rivermen, American Hockey League
- Mike Watt - Former NHL player
- Clare Westcott, former Judge and Chair of the Metro Toronto Police Commission
The Main Street is one of the province's finest examples of commercial architecture from the nineteenth century. Enjoy a walk along the street lined with uniquely homogeneous buildings and you will always know the time from one of the most lavish clocks of its day.
The Van Egmond Reserve
Turn south and a short drive will bring you to the oldest surviving house in what was originally the Huron Tract. Built by the eldest son of Colonel Anthony Van Egmond in 1846, it represents an example of Georgian architecture and Classical Revival styles. The house was restored with assistance from the Ontario Heritage Trust. The bricks were handmade on the property. Their variance in colour in the exterior walls is an indication that the home was built over an extended period of time, their difference in colour is a result of the varying conditions under which successive loads of bricks were fired during the course of construction. The house and grounds were saved in the early 1970s from demolition and a housing development by a group of community volunteers. Funds were raised to purchase the property and restore it to how it might have been prior to 1867. It was recognized as an Ontario Heritage property and signs indicative of that direct travelers to the Reserve. The Province of Ontario supported the restoration of the property and will become its owners should the local Van Egmond Foundation discontinue its work to ensure the property is safe and open to the public, in the summer and for special events. The Foundation continues to raise funds and to ensure the property is recognized as a local resource attempting to preserve the history of the early settlement and development of the region. Overlooking the Bayfield River, the grounds are a rural retreat offering a quiet spot for a picnic.
- "Stompin' Tom story hits the stage". London Free Press, London, Ontario. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
- http://www.heritagefdn.on.ca/userfiles/HTML/nts_1_7286_1.html Ontario Heritage Trust Van Egmond House
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