“Without Sarah Ashbridge and her pioneer family, I don’t think that the history of the East End would be the same.”

Another interesting article from Gene Domagala, our leading local historian. Excerpts:

Women helped make the Beach, and still do
By Gene Domagala • Beach Metro News • March 20, 2013

There are many women who made the Beach what it is, and I can’t possibly fit them all in, so I will feature some from the past and present. Here are a few who have changed the Beach for the better.

Let us go back to the end of the American Revolution, as thousands were uprooted from their way of life, and headed for a new beginning – including a family from Pennsylvania by the name of Ashbridge. The person in charge of the family was not a man, but a woman, Sarah Ashbridge. Sarah came to what is now Canada, petitioned the Crown for a land grant and received it – a very rare grant to be given to a woman. The matriarch of the Ashbridges and her family settled on land between what is now Greenwood to the west and Coxwell to the east, from the lake to north of the Danforth. Without Sarah Ashbridge and her pioneer family, I don’t think that the history of the East End would be the same.

Read the full article on the Beach Metro News website:
Women helped make the Beach, and still do

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