History & Culture

If there’s one thing that has consistently drawn people to Prince Edward County, it is this island community’s history and culture.

Originally settled by indigenous people over 2,000 years ago, Prince Edward Countywas created by Upper Canada’s founding lieutenant-governor John Graves Simcoeon July 16, 1792 and was named after Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent (the fourth son of King George III) who was commander-in-chief of British North America.

Sometime after the end of the American Revolution in 1783, the British Crown, in a effort to preserve those that remained loyal to the monarchy as well as colonize its land holdings, offered land grants to some of the earliest United Empire Loyalists to encourage their settlement.

Those feelings of loyalty to the crown remain as fierce today as they did in the late 1700’s.

Prince Edward County’s largest town, Picton, declares itself as a “proud Loyalist Town” and the First Union Flag or Loyalist Flag can be seen flying almost as commonly as the Canadian Flag.

This feeling of loyalty is part of the indomitable stamp that’s been left on her citizenry and is what makes Prince Edward County ‘The County.’

As Canada grew through the years, so did Prince Edward County.

Canada’s First Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald got his start as a lawyer here.

The barley boom days in the late 1800’s came and went and then the island established itself as the garden basket of Canada at the start of the 20th century as Prince Edward County was home to over two dozen canning factories thanks to its great agriculture base and strong workforce.

All of Prince Edward County’s history can be viewed at many of the several museums and historic sites that have been designated as such by the Province of Ontario.

When visiting Prince Edward County, why not remain loyal to the Queen and visit The Queen’s Inn in downtown Picton?

Located at 145 Main Street, this exceptionally clean and quaint inn offers a central location to visit all of the historic sites that draw people to Prince Edward County time and again.

To plan you visit to historic Prince Edward County, check availability online or contact The Queen’s Inn at 1-888-476-8618.