| NAME: STIRTON
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
REMAINS: Today, only a trio of original buildings still stand.
| In its heyday, the population of Stirton numbered
about 150. The town was considered “pleasant and attractive.”
Essentially a mill town, Stirton was established in 1867 and ultimately
supported a flax mill that employed 60 workers. The main retail stores included
a post office, a wagon maker, hotel, shoe maker, harness maker, a tannery,
a school, and a Methodist church. Stagecoaches linked the community with
the Elora station of the Wellington Grey and Bruce railway 17 miles away.
But the trend of businesses to locate at the railside doomed small towns
like Stirton. Gradually businesses closed and people moved away.