Honeywood’s History

The hamlet of Honeywood Ontario, in the Southern Ontario region, is part of the Mulmur township area. Some of the first British and French settlers coveted this region for its great tract of wooded uplands. Even at that time, immigrants looked to Honeywood for its forested lands, rivers, and lakes.

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    This area was part of the traditional territory of the Petun and Neutral nations. They used the land for hunting, fishing, and gathering. By the early 16th century, a growing fur trade with outsiders created well-known trade routes through the area. European settlers arrived soon after, leading to trade deals and land treaties. This beautiful land attracted waves of settlers escaping the wars and other upheavals in America and Europe. In the late 1880s, Honeywood became part of the newly created Dufferin County, named after the 3rd Governor-General of Canada. Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood was the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava. Lord Dufferin, known as a gifted diplomat, served as Governor-General from 1872 to 1878. Interested in Honeywood’s community culture and events?

    During the 1880s, the western lands of Canada lured settlers to try their luck. The population in the extensive rural area around Honeywood declined. Like many Southern Ontario counties, Dufferin hoped for a solution in the British Home Children program. From the 1880s to the 1940s, the movement brought thousands of children from the United Kingdom to Canada. The program directors believed these orphaned or abandoned children would have a better chance of life in rural Canada. The Spanish Flu made its way into Honeywood and Dufferin County in mid-October 1918. Unlike other areas of Canada, such as Toronto or Montreal, Dufferin County had a light brush with the pandemic. While the area saw a high rate of illness, it experienced a low rate of mortality. In the early 20th century, newspapers reported some fantastical mineral finds. These made the area around Honeywood of great interest to engineers and speculators. From 1886 to 1920, supposed finds for gold, silver, coal, and even diamonds made headlines. Are you looking at Honeywood real estate agents? Feel free to give us a call.