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Celebration 150 - Religion Comes to Georgetown

Georgetown had been settled in 1823, by George Kennedy, and began its existence as
Hungry Hollow, on the banks of Silver Creek in the flats area of Guelph and John Streets, where
George built his first log home and a mill. Around that nucleus, the town started to grow and the
Main Street was established at the top of the hill. By 1860, it was already a thriving village, with
a couple of hotels and dry goods stores on the Main Street four corners.
Early settlers brought their religions with them and slowly they also established their
place in the new village, replacing the dependency of the population on the occasional visitation
of “Saddlebag Preachers.”

History Bite - Dec 1918 at Knox, The Spanish Flu

Only six months ago our world seemed pre-occupied with the outbreak of the H1N1 flu, and how
it would affect our lives. Thankfully, at the moment at least, that threat seems much less. But I
thought it a fitting time to tell you about a flu outbreak that really and truly did play a big part in
the lives of the world, of our town, and how it affected the people here at Knox. I am talking
about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

Celebration 150 - The Earliest Ministers of Knox

150 Years of Enduring Faith

In October 2010, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the official formation of the congregation of Knox Presbyterian church in Georgetown, and during those150 years, we have had a total of only 18 ministers. The first three were the leaders directly involved in the early formation of our church, and oversaw the actual building of our ‘foundations.’ We remember their contributions, given at a time when life was extremely difficult, especially in terms of personal everyday living.

History Bite - Our Beginning

150 years ago, in 1859, Georgetown was just a very small village. Trafalgar Road was the main trade route north from Lake Ontario to Grey County and was a planked road. The now highway #7 was also by then a planked  road between York (Toronto) and Guelph, with a toll at the top of the steep Silvercreek Hill. The railway had come to town bringing with it increased population and business. It had opened with much fanfare, in 1856, and a feat of engineering, the “iron bridge” that beautiful huge stone structure crossing the Credit River, is still the one in use today.

History Bite - Baptismal Font and Memorial Tablet PDF Print E-mail

This morning I want to tell you about a piece of Knox that has been in continual use for 82 years,has personally touched the lives of many of the congregation, and still continues to do so, and that is our baptismal font.


The regular morning worship service on Sunday, November 11, 1928 was a few minutes late in starting, because there had been an earlier memorial service up at the corner of Main and Guelph Streets, where our Cenotaph originally stood, having been dedicated only two years prior. Following that served, Knox filled up for a special memorial service of its own.

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