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Gravenhurst to unveil a panel honouring Swedetown

Gravenhurst to unveil a panel honouring Swedetown

Posted: 2022-09-21 07:20:39 By: thebay

UPDATE The Historical Panel Unveiling at SwedeTown scheduled for today has been cancelled due to severe inclement weather. A new date will be scheduled for a later time. 

The Town of Gravenhurst is inviting the public as they unveil an interpretive panel that celebrates the heritage of Swedetown. Mayor Kelly, members of Council and the Gravenhurst Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) will unveil the panel at the eastern most entrance to Gull Lake Park at 2pm.

Between 1880 and 1910 over 40 families came to Gravenhurst from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland. They built their homes near each other in an area east of Muskoka Road between David and Phillip Streets. Local residents named the area Swedetown, although Danish and Norwegian settlers were predominant. These men and women-built businesses, a church, and several of the town’s most iconic landmarks giving the town a lasting legacy.