War of 1812



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Anchor Park

Picture of the Emity May Anchor in Anchor Park, Holland Landing. This anchor was made in England and was being transported to Lake Huron during the War of 1812. When the war ended the achor was no longer needed and it was abandoned in what is now Anchor Park.

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

From the War of 1812

"Many people may be curious why this huge ship's anchor was left stranded at Holland Landing. The anchor, a relic of the war of 1812, was forged in Chatham, England for a ship-of-war built at Penetang, then an upper lakes naval station. The anchor was being drawn by a sleigh to Penetang when the hauling party was overtaken by a courier with news that the war was over. The laborers unceremoniously dumped the anchor off the sled, where it remains in what is now Anchor Park, and returned to Toronto, or York as it was then known."

Dorothy Marks