Five hundred to five thousand years ago Indians built their encampments - the first villages - along this creek which empties into Pleasant Bay and from there into Lake Ontario. These fields were beneath a deep and vibrant forest. There were no roads and the only way of getting around was either by boat or on foot.
A thousand years ago the Iroquois were the first farmers along the creek as women did the farming and grew corn and tobacco. Stone adzes and gouges, chipped spear points and arrow heads, scrapers, bone awls and ornaments describe a purposeful community rich in culture and equipped with the tools necessary to fish, hunt and farm. Visit the Wellington Museum to see the artefacts found in this area.
In the early 1800's as settlers began arriving in the county the creek had become a rambling force of rugged beauty. Letters from the time describe the woods around the stream as a place where "deer, partridge, and many kinds of the best game abounded, and mink, muskat and duck, were to be had in plenty by the creek which ran through the farm."
For the new settlers the stream was precious. Its swift waters could help them and so they settled nearby and began building gristmills and lumber mills and factories along its shores. We begin this Quest at the location of the first mill along Dorland's Creek and hear recollections from long-time residents of how the community grew and prospered along the banks of the creek.
In this episode you'll hear the voices of: Raymond Taylor, Mabel Onderdonk, Doug Alyea, Elwood Burris, Victor Alyea and Janet Lunn.
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