400 West Front St., Unit 9
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Ontario Tourism Region : Ontario's Highlands
- p. 2,173. In Rawdon T., Hastings C., on Rawdon Cr. and C. Rds. 8 & 14, 25 km. NW of Belleville.
- John Bleecker and Caleb Gilbert were allotted a mill site in 1797 on condition that they build a mill within two years. Bleecker died soon after, but the mill was completed in 1807 by Samuel Rosebush.
- The community was known as Stirling Mills and Fidlar's Mills for mill owners and Rawdon Mills for the township.
- Many of the early settlers were Scottish, and since the surrounding countryside reminded them of a Stirling in their homeland, they changed the name to Stirling in 1852. Disastrous fires in 1883 and 1909 nearly destroyed the village.
- After the second fire, a steam fire engine was purchased and a regular fire brigade was organized. Robert Fletcher's team of horses was said to have been so well trained that the moment the fire bell sounded it galloped on its own to the fire hall.
- Stirling has one of Ontario's three remaining cobblestone churches, built in the 1850s by local Wesleyan Methodists. Stones 6 to 9 inches (15-22.5 cm) in length were set in horizontal rows in a bed of mortar.
- Ontario's other two cobblestone churches are in the Paris area.
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