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There is quite a bit of Information for genealogists on this site - it is best accessed using the search feature above.  Note that I have almost zero additional information - it is all on the web site.  If you contact me, I will be polite but I don’t have any additional information. The best additional source of info for researchers is at the Cobourg Library where they have a local history room stocked with many historical books and documents. They do have some photos on-line but not much more - you need to visit.

Short Histories

Histories that are not comprehensive yet are interesting. Includes: Ore Car ReplicaAmherst, History of Cobourg by Street names, Short History of Cobourg as told in 1878, History of Cobourg by students of CDCI West, Cobourg's Neighbour- Port Hope and some information on the really early days of the Cobourg Area as researched by the Senior Class of the Northumberland Christian School.

By the Senior Class of Northumberland Christian School - 2017

Following the retreat of the last ice age, and the draining of the greater Lake Iroquois, when Lake Ontario came into its own setting, dense forest covered the plains and hills. The native people moved in to occupy, to hunt and to fish the lands, lakes, and rivers. For several thousand years they lived here their nomadic and outdoor life. (Footnote 1)

First Nations in what is now Canada were able to satisfy all of their material and spiritual needs through the resources of the natural world around them. (Footnote 2)

 During 2015 and 2016, a group of history enthusiasts rebuilt a replica of a Crossen Ore Car. The result is displayed on the Cobourg waterfront near the Marina. Below is a reproduction of the text (well, most of it) plus a photo.

Now part of Cobourg - By Percy L. Climo - April 1987
Warning: Outdated language is used to describe Indigenous peoples.
Amherst was one of the earliest settlements in the Cobourg area. It stood roughly on the space encompassed by a circle of a one-quarter mile radius, with its centre at Elgin and Burnham Streets. It was at this historic village that several important events occurred.

Extracted from: 1878 Illustrated Historical Atlas of Durham and Northumberland Counties of Ontario. Published by H. Belden & Co. - Toronto.

From Cobourg District Collegiate Institute West

The Early History of Cobourg written by students from the CDCI West and published on their web site.

The first settlers in 1798 found this area swampy and drained by more creeks than it is today. Asa Danforth brought 7 families to the area. These settlers established two small villages:

The History of Cobourg as told by Street names; By Peter Delanty - Mayor of Cobourg 2000 – 2010

The History of Cobourg is full of stories of rivalries with its neighbour Port Hope.  On 22 Feb 2011, Ian Montagnes presented the Cobourg and District Historical Society with more on this rivalry.