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Prescott, Ontario

Prescott
Town (single-tier)
Town of Prescott
Prescott is located in Southern Ontario
Prescott
Coordinates:
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Leeds and Grenville
Settled 1787
Government
 • Mayor Brett Todd
 • Federal riding Leeds—Grenville
 • Prov. riding Leeds—Grenville
Area[1]
 • Land 4.95 km2 (1.91 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,284
 • Density 865.3/km2 (2,241/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code K0E
Area code(s) 613
Website www.prescott.ca

Prescott (2011 population: 4284) is a town on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River in the Leeds and Grenville area of Ontario, Canada. The Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east of Prescott at Johnstown, connects it with Ogdensburg, New York. The town was founded in the early 19th century by Edward Jessup, a Loyalist soldier during the American Revolution.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Notable people 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Sometime before 1683, the French built Fort la Galette, a fortified post located on the St. Lawrence, above Ogdensburg; O’Callaghan places it at the present Prescott, Ontario.[2]

The Battle of the Windmill was a battle fought nearby in 1838.

Prescott is the home of Fort Wellington National Historic Site, which is a tourist destination. The Battle of the Thousand Islands was fought near the present location of the city in August 1760. During the War of 1812, troops stationed at Fort Wellington crossed the frozen river and burned Ogdensburg in retaliation for an American raid further up the river; the American citizens of Ogdensburg, who were profiting by supplying the British army with food and other necessities, drove out their own American military detachment after the raid so that they could continue doing business with the British army in Prescott.

Prescott was originally an important transshipment point for cargo moving from the Great Lakes eastwards towards Montreal, Quebec and the Atlantic Ocean, but the construction of the Saint Lawrence Seaway ended the forwarding trade. Prescott is on the mainline of the Canadian National Railway connecting Toronto to Montreal, and is near the junction of the east-west Highway 401 and Highway 416 north to Ottawa. In 1991, Prescott was the focus of a child sexual abuse scandal, as local residents Billy Elliott, his parents and several others were revealed as chronic abusers.[3][4]

Prescott is home to the Sandra S. Lawn Harbour, which attracts boaters from as far east as Montreal serving as a picturesque gateway to the Thousand Islands. During the summer months, Prescott hosts the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, a professional theatrical production, at the Harbour's public amphitheatre.

Demographics

Population trend:[8]

Mother tongue:[6]

  • English as first language: 91%
  • French as first language: 4%
  • English and French as first language: 0%
  • Other as first language: 5%
Prescott waterfront and marina

Notable people

References

  1. ^ a b "Prescott census profile".  
  2. ^ http://puffin.creighton.edu/jesuit/relations/relations_62.html#_edn13
  3. ^ Steed, Judy (1994). "Prescott: Breaking the Cycle". Our Little Secret. Random House. pp. 107–130.  
  4. ^ "The Prescott Case: Key Dates and Events". Care for Kids - Jericho. Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles".  
  6. ^ a b "2006 Community Profiles".  
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles".  
  8. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

External links

  • Town of Prescott
    • Bylaws
    • Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw
  • Gallery of Free, (Public Domain), Photos from Prescott, Ontario

Local Media

  • Downtown Prescott Businesses
  • The Prescott Journal
  • BrockNews.ca
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