Dan Buchanan “The History Guy” will bring us back to the early 1850’s and how “The Breakaway” changed north of the 401.
THE OLD PERCY ROAD
Driving to Codrington today? As you drive along Number 30 Highway, remember that in the 1850s this road replaced The Old Percy Road which had been damaged by the flood of The Breakaway. The old road had served as the main north-south route since early in the 1800s. Its southern terminus was Percy Street on Number 2 Highway west of Brighton and it went all the way to Norham, traversing what is now The Goodrich-Loomis Conservation area where numerous mills took advantage of the excellent water power of Cole Creek.
An historical plaque was installed near Breakaway Creek north of Hilton in 2014. As you stand there by the plaque, think of a wall of water cascading down the creek valley from the west. Then think of Lewis Shearer and Joseph Herrington working in the saw mill a short distance east of where you stand. The mill was destroyed and the men died. But, on a positive note, The Brighton and Seymour Gravel Road was built to replace The Old Percy Road which was seriously damaged by the flood. This new road would become Number 30 Highway.
To learn more about “The Breakaway” an October 2014 presentation from Dan, detailing “The Breakaway”. http://www.treesbydan.com/The%20Breakaway.pdf
This website gives another short explanation of “The Breakaway”. http://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC4PBEH_the-hilton-breakaway?guid=5f707091-79f0-4baf-8fae-b90c6530a255
Brighton History Open House and Heritage Tea will be held on February 19th, 21 and 22 at King Edward Community Centre!