Presentation: What Went Down in Struggle Town?

Event Date: May 13, 2017
Event Time: 1:30 p.m.


Settlement of land in Upper Canada became a priority for the British Government following the conclusion of the War of 1812. Discharged soldiers who accepted land grants were the first to settle in Goulbourn with their presence creating a line of defense for Upper Canada against the Americans.

At the intersection of 9th line and Regional Road 5 (Flewellyn and Huntley Roads), the small community of Stanley’s Corners began to form around a stopping point on the road to Ottawa. Nicknamed Struggle Town by the early Irish settlers, the history of Stanley’s Corners is marked by success, prosperity and tragedy.

Were the settlers justified in nicknaming the community Struggle Town?

Tracey Donaldson, Acting Manager and Sarah Holla, Acting Education Officer from the Goulbourn Museum present What Went Down in Struggle Town? This presentation will examine the settlement, historic figures, and structures, which have defined the narrative of Stanley’s Corners. It accompanies the Museum’s outdoor exhibition, which will formally launch during the summer event, Father’s Day Flashback: Ireland’s Own on June 18, 2017.

What Went down in Struggle Town? is a Goulbourn Township Historical Society presentation being held in the Goulburn Museum at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Everyone is welcome and, as usual, attendance, parking and refreshments are free.

Goulbourn Museum

Goulbourn Museum