200th Anniversary of Bradford’s Scotch Settlement
According to the historical records, out of the Scottish settlers that moved to Ontario in 1815, a few families settled in Bradford area in 1819. They purchased a plot of land for a cemetery and a church on 6th line in 1822. The first log building of “Auld Kirk” (meaning old church) was built there in 1823. The log structure was replaced by a frame church in 1827 and the present brick building of Auld Kirk was built in 1869.
Presently Auld Kirk is named as a Historical site in Ontario.
On Sunday June 16, 2019 the Local History Association celebrated the 200th anniversary of the founding of the scotch settlement in Bradford West Gwillimbury at the Auld Kirk location. Large number of guests were present at the event. I presented a photomontage of Auld kirk to the Mayor Rob Keffer.