Priceville, Ontario, Canada
|Grey County, Ontario|
Location in the province of Ontario
Postal code N0C 1K0
Area codes 519 and 226
History[edit | edit source]
The first culture to inhabit the area was the Huron Indians and the Petun Indians. There has been evidence of them found along the Saugeen River in Artemesia Township.
In the late 1700’s was around the time that the black United Empire Loyalists, along with the white United Empire Loyalists, moved north from America to Upper Canada. Colonel Price, a black settler, was the first to turn soil in the village, and so the name Priceville was named in his honour. It is believed that he is buried in the unmarked black cemetery that was ploughed over in 1930 by a farmer to plant potatoes. Though by 1851 almost every 50 acre lot was settled by a black family that had improved them, planted their crops, and built their homes on it, it still remained for the most part government property. Between 1848 and 1850, the English, Irish, Scottish, and the French settlers arrived to the area and the government was petitioned to bring the village plots in the market.
Settlement of the village site began about 1850 by Gaelic speaking Scottish people(1). If you stroll through the pioneer cemetery, you will see that nearly all of the early residents were of Scottish origin.