Colborne Township, Huron County, Ontario
On July 21, 1984, the Township of Colborne, Huron County, marked the bicentennial of the arrival of the Loyalists in Ontario with a plaque on a 19,000 pound boulder near Benmiller, Ontario. It is located on the Foresters’ Hall property at the intersection of Huron County Rd # 1 (Lucknow Line), Huron County Rd. # 31 (Saltford Line) and Grist Mill Line.
The inscription of the plaque reads as follows:
JULY 21, 1984
THE TOWNSHIP OF
CELEBRATED THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE
LOYALISTS IN ONTARIO
ALL CITIZENS OF COLBORNE TOWNSHIP
WHO WORKED AND CONTINUE TO WORK
TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE TO GROW.
THIS STONE WAS DONATED BY
ARNOLD FISHER AND FAMILY.
As reported in the Goderich Signal Star:
“The celebration kicked off with official opening ceremonies beside the Foresters Hall in Benmiller on Saturday at 2:00p.m. Mr. Milburn was master of ceremonies and platform guests were Huron-Bruce MP Murray Cardiff, Huron-Bruce MPP Murray Elston, Huron County Warden Thomas Cunningham, Ontario Bicentennial Co-ordinating Officer Heather Young, Colborne Township Reeve J. Russel Kernighan, Goderich Mayor Eileen Palmer and Colborne Township Council members Grant MacPhee, Ross Pannabecker, Doug Stoll and Bill Vanstone.
After the ceremonies, came the unveiling of a memorial plaque which was mounted on a large rock donated by Arnold Fisher and family and set up beside Foresters Hall. Known as Arnie’s Pebble, this now stands as a monument to commemorate the coming of the United Empire Loyalists to Ontario and honour Colborne Township residents past and present.”
Photography – E. Kipp
Additional info – Arnold Fisher