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A HISTORY OF

THE GEOGRAPHIC

TOWNSHIP OF BURFORD

ONTARIO, CANADA

 

www.Burford.on.ca

Copyright  © 2003-2017  by  Clayton John Barker,  all rights reserved

 

Contact:

 

     mightyoak@burford.on.ca

 

While driving west of the City of Brantford along old 53 highway (formerly the “Burford Road”) now known as Colborne Street, you will come to the community of Burford, which is one of few communities in Ontario that can boast of being over 220 years old. In fact, Burford is one of the oldest centres of habitation in the interior of South-western Ontario and the oldest Euro-American settled community within the County of Brant. Burford’s history dates back to the year 1793

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"The Lone Oak,"

sketch Copyright © 2011-2017 by Clayton Barker

"Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth..."

Hermann Hesse

 

- WELCOME -

to a BURFORD of OLDE

and its history

as seen through the eyes of the ancient Mightyoak:

 

A place to exhibit the life's work and research of

local historian Clayton J. Barker

 

About The Author

     This is not just a passing “fancy” of Clayton’s, but a lifelong passion which began when he was the tender age of 10 years old, while researching for a school history project in the spring of 1972. During the process of compiling information and interviewing individuals for his grade 4 project, Clayton met the local historian Mel Robertson and Shirley, his wife, who was the local librarian at the time. Clayton was inspired to continue researching various aspects of local history – particularly the buildings and the evolution of the man-built aspect of the geographic Township of Burford, the Village of Burford, along with all the small hamlets within its boundary.

 

     In 1977, when he was 15, one of Clayton’s ink sketches (The Yeigh House) not only won 1st place at the Burford Fair, but was later published on the front page of the local newspaper, The Burford Advance, and this opened a whole new area for him, for he had never had any of his work published before. Over the course of the next three and a half decades, dozens of sketches and historical articles, written by Clayton, were published in The Burford Advance and also in The Burford Times, which is the current Burford Newspaper.

 

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     By 2003, Clayton had discovered that this domain “burford.on.ca,” which is obviously a proper place name and former municipal government entity, had been released by the upper tier government, so he immediately purchased it. Here it is, fourteen years later, and though the way people view the pages of this site differently today, than they did fourteen years ago (mobile), this site will continue to serve the people of the geographic Township of Burford, and beyond, as yet another way to nurture and advocate heritage awareness.

 

 

HERITAGE AWARDS:

 

2013 - Ontario Heritage Trust "Community Heritage Achievement Award" presented by the Mayor of the City of Hamilton, for Clayton's initial role in saving the "Westbrook House," which was the last surviving building from the 1812 era, located at the site of the last battle fought on Canadian soil against a foreign power ("The Battle of Malcolm's Mill, Nov. 6th, 1814). The building was constructed about the year 1810 in the village of Oakland, Brant County, Ontario. It has now been re-constructed at the Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario.

 

2013 - "Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal," presented by His Worship, Mayor Ron Eddy of the County of Brant, for Clayton's life achievement and volunteerism in heritage in and around Brant County.

 

2012 - National Achievement Award (Heritage) nomination.

 

1997 - Ontario Heritage Trust (formerly Ontario Heritage Foundation) "Community Heritage Achievement Award" presented by the (former) Corporation of the Township of Burford for his initiating / inspiring the movement to form an historical society in the geographic Township of Burford, in 1986. (Note: "lighting the wick" is their exact wording)

 

1995 - Nominated for the Ontario Historical Society's "Cruikshank Gold Medal" and "Carnochan Award."

 

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