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Peterborough County Townships

The county was named after Col. Peter Robinson, who in 1825 brought 2,000 settlers from Ireland as part of Peter Robinson's Settlers.

Peterborough County was originally part of Colborne District before 1846

Asphodel Township Opened for settlement in 1821

Belmont and Methuen Townships Opened for settlement in 1823 but by 1842 had only 33 householders, in 1866 only 185.

Burleigh and Anstruther Townships First settled in 1861. First Post Office was called Burleigh. Separated from Dummer Township in 1865.

Chandos Township Opened for settlement in 1862

Douro Township Opened for settlement in 1821

Dummer Township Opened for settlement in 1821. A Colony of immigrants came in 1831, of whom 150 were sent out by the Marquis of Bath.

Ennismore Township Opened for settlement in 1829. Originally it was called Emily Gore.

Galway and Cavendish Townships Galway opened in 1857 and Cavendish in 1862

Harvey Township Opened for settlement in 1821 Was part of Smith township until 1866. First settler were retired officers who come in 1832, but did not stay.

North Monaghan Township Opened for settlement 1820.

Otonabee Township Opened for settlement in 1820

Smith Township Settled in 1819 by Allen Otty.

Peterborough County currently consists of eight townships:

  • Asphodel-Norwood
  • Cavan-Monaghan
  • Douro-Dummer
  • Galway-Cavendish-Harvey
  • Havelock-Belmont-Methuen
  • North Kawartha
  • Otonabee-South Monaghan
  • Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield
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