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History of Priceville

The first culture to inhabit the area was the Huron Indians and the Petun Indians. There has been evidence of them found along the Saugeen River in Artemesia Township.

In the late 1700’s was around the time that the black United Empire Loyalists, along with the white United Empire Loyalists, moved north from America to Upper Canada. Colonel Price, a black settler, was the first to turn soil in the village, and so the name Priceville was named in his honour. It is believed that he is buried in the unmarked black cemetery that was ploughed over in 1930 by a farmer to plant potatoes.  Though by 1851 almost every 50 acre lot was settled by a black family that had improved them, planted their crops, and built their homes on it, it still remained for the most part government property. Between 1848 and 1850, the English, Irish, Scottish, and the French settlers arrived to the area and the government was petitioned to bring the village plots in the market. By the normal system at the time, they granted patents to people who were then bona fide occupants or holders of the lots. Half acres on the front street were sold by the government for $30.00 each. 

In 1860, the gravel road which would later become Grey Road 4 was built and then in 1934 the province of Ontario assumed responsibility for the road and named it King’s Hwy #4. In 1969, the Highway was paved and moved to its present location, moving traffic to not go through the centre of town.

The Pioneer Cemetery located on Grey Road #4 through the centre of Priceville is where all the white settlers who settled in the area are buried. The last burial to take place in this cemetery was in 1949.

The original Priceville school was built in 1881. It was a beautiful two-storey brick building with the Juniors being taught downstairs and the senior students being taught upstairs. It was eventually torn down in 1950 and the new school was built in 1948. It was closed in June 1968 and at this time all the students of Priceville were transported and continue to be transported to MacPhail Elementary School in Flesherton. 

Agnes Macphail was born in this area in 1890 where she grew to be Canada’s first women in Parliament. Her grandparents were some of the first Scottish settlers to settle in this area. She was elected to the House of Commons in 1920 and held her seat until 1940. She was elected into Legislature in 1943 as a C.C.F Candidate but was defeated in 1945, again in 1948 she was successful and served for three more years. She retired in 1951 and passed away by heart attack in February 1954. You can find her buried in the McNeil Cemetery in Priceville. The Flesherton Public was named in her honour.

In 1903 Priceville became a Police Village which was at the time to establish a local body in a hamlet/village to maintain public order and deliver a limited number of services to rural township dwellers. They were normally created as a by-law of the county council. There is a plaque in the middle of the village commemorating this.

In 1906 the railway was brought right through the village of Priceville and in 1907 the CPR trestle was built across the Saugeen River. The village had a hotel, gas station, and many other businesses that benefited from this CPR rail coming through the village. The trestle was dismantled in 1986.

In 1912 the telephone was brought to Priceville and Hydro was brought to the area in 1919 which came from the Eugenia Fall Hydro Power Station. The Priceville Hydro system was the smallest independent utility in Ontario. The electricity supplied to Priceville was purchased wholesale from Ontario Hydro once a month for many years even into the early 1990’s.

In 1921 a monument was built in the centre of Priceville in honour of those that fought in WWI and names were added after WWII. The monument still stands today with a small park and every year there is a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the monument.

Between 1930 and 1950 there were 3-4 main fox ranches that were operated in Priceville. Foxes were brought in from Prince Edward Island and it was run as a closely guarded business. The foxes were pelted and sold throughout the depression and after WWII and fur farming was on the decline and the fox farms were closed due to lack of business.

In 1964, funds were bequeathed to the Village by a Miss Margaret Stothart of San Francisco, California to erect a recreation centre. The centre was built on 11 acres on the South side of Priceville. Beside the hall is a baseball diamond and small park that was built for the children in 2005.  In the early days there were monthly dances held at the hall and weddings. By the early 1980’s it was turned over to the Artemesia Township and by that time extensive renovations were required to bring the building up to code in order to obtain a liquor licenses. The capacity of the hall is 165 people upstairs and 135 downstairs.  

Today, Priceville is a quiet community with a friendly neighbourhood. The war monument still stands and there is a lovely post office that sells bake goods, and grocery items. The Kinsmen Park sits alongside the Saugeen River and is a great place to have some lunch or sit and watch the river. Priceville has an awesome tobogganing hill in the winter and a wonderful park for the children to play at with swings and slides. Every
July 1 (Canada Day), Priceville hosts a celebration for the community that has one of the best fireworks displays in the area.

Information provided by: Priceville and its Roots, Compiled by The Priceville (and Area) Historical Society
Copyright 1992.