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Bushfield

Introduction

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St. Michael's Roman Catholic Cemetery

©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko

Bushfield was a small postal hamlet, located in Huron County. It was established by John Kelly, a settler from Ireland, in the early 1850s.

Bushfield had the distinction of being the first community in the township with a Roman Catholic Church. Residents from the surrounding communities flocked to Bushfield where mass were held on a monthly basis by a travelling priest.

In addition to the small log church, Bushfield contained a general store, hotel, and a postal outlet.

Traffic to Bushfield began to decline when the church was moved to a larger centre. The hotel, store and post office eventually closed. Bushfield was never large and its average population stayed at around 20.

Although the community of Bushfield had virtually disappeared by 1910, John Kelly left a lasting legacy. The church he established thrived until 2005 and the cemetery, located on lands he donated, has remained in use for many generations.