A Brief History

Kinmount is located on the Burnt River for which the village was originally named. Geographically the village of Kinmount is on the fringe of three counties including Victoria (now City of Kawartha Lakes ), Peterborough and Haliburton. As well it touches Somerville, Galway, Snowdon, and Lutterworth townships. The name Kinmount originates from Kinmount, Scotland, located near the fringe of the Scotland/England border.Kinmount, Scotland was home to the notorious border fighter Kinmount Willie.

Prior to the arrival of the first white settlers in the 1850's Victoria County was the domain of the Huron Indians. The first rush of settlement began in 1856 when Bobcaygeon Road was created in conjunction with the Colonization Roads Act. In the early days of Kinmount's history this road was thier only link with the outside world.

From 1861 until 1876 the settlements slowly grew. The Homestead Act of 1868 made Crown land free to actual settlers and this boosted the population. The arrival of the Victoria Railway in 1876 made Kinmount a transportation and communication centre for the surrounding area.

The population peaked around 1900. After World War I, the population began to fall because of a declining farm industry, a lumber industry suffering from exhaustion recently opened in Western provinces, and a changing economy and competition from elsewhere which hurt local operators. The pioneer era officially ended in the 1920's as the big boom for farming and logging was now over.

The Great Flood of 1928 and the Great Fire of 1942 marked the symbolic death of the 'old community'. The modern era had now been thrust upon Kinmount. The natural beauty of the area has not been lost and tourism continues to grow by leaps and bounds.


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