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Melancthon

Introduction

Town site photo

The former convenience store, demolished in 2007

©Copyright: Jeri Danyleyko

Melancthon Village, located in Dufferin County, began as a small stopping place in 1851. By the mid 1850s, it contained three hotels and a post office, followed by a blacksmith shop, carpentry business, school, and an Orange lodge. Roman Catholic and Methodist churches were built a few years later.

The arrival of the railway led to the construction of a store and a much larger hotel, which also served as a distribution centre for alcohol, as per the practice of the times. A saw and shingle mill was opened in 1877.

Melancthon's hotel business declined sharply following enaction of the Scott Act, which forbade the sale of liquor in hotels. One of its more successful businesses was a granary and hay operation. In 1906 that business was taken over by the Canada Grain Company, who built a large elevator near the railway station.

Following the end of World War I, Melancthon fell into a steep decline from which it never recovered. Slowly it began to trickle away piece by piece. The last building, a general store and gas bar, stood until 2007 when it was demolished.

Today nothing remains of Melancthon apart from a few century homes, the Roman Catholic church, and the small Methodist cemetery at the side of the highway. There are a number of abandoned farmhouses in the area from a later period. The barren remains of old town site were reclaimed by the provincial government and are now the site of a massive wind farm.