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Stories and information on Huron County Townships taken from the book The Settlement of Huron Countyby James Scott, 1916. Ryerson Press, 1966
A Township in the Huron District, is bounded on the north by the River Maitland; on the west by Lake Huron; on the south by the River Bayfield; and on the east by Hullett. The soil on the banks of the lake, and the Rivers Maitland and Bayfield, is poor and stony; the rest of the township is good land. The township contains 56,066 acres, 35,118 of which are leased or sold, of which 5,156 acres are under cultivation. Goderich contains one grist and two saw mills, fulling-mill, and carding machine. There is a tavern on the Bayfield road, four miles south of Goderich. Population, 1,673. Ratable property in the township, £16,189. 8s.
In 1827 the Huron Trail was blazed through the bush to the mouth of the Maitland River; and in the following year the Township of Goderich was surveyed with stakes marking lots and concessions. So well had John Galt and Tiger Dunlop advertised the area that settlers were waiting to move in. It is believed that some actually came in with the surveying party. Land sales were recorded by the Canada Company in November of 1828. In the next 15 years land transactions were numerous and by 1842, 75% of the available acreage in the township had been purchased.
Land in the area was advertised at 7 shillings 6 pence (7/6) per acre. Some could pay all at once by that was not often the case. Many were able to make a down payment and agreement was made to pay the remainder in equal installments over a period of usually 5 years.