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Turkey Point, Ontario

With over 3 kilometres (2 miles) of sandy beach visitors to Turkey Point can enjoy a variety of water sports as well as fishing, bird watching, boating and hiking. Turkey Point received it's name because of the large amounts of waterfowl that frequented the area.

A cairn with a plaque at Turkey Point reads as follows:

Turkey Point

As early as 1798 Lieutenant Governor Simcoe planned to fortify this point. By 1813 nothing had yet been done, and following Procter's retreat from Amherstburg the British decided to construct a navy yard and covering fort here. Difficulties in supplying the post, together with the unsuitability of the location led to abandonment of the project after only a blockhouse and part of a palisade had been built.

Turkey Point was originally called Charlottesville and was one of the earliest settled communities in Norfolk County. When the courthouse, built in 1804 burned down in 1815 the capital of Norfolk County was moved to Vittoria.

One of the earliest settlers to the area was Frederick Mabee. Born in Yorktown, Westchester County, New York to Simon Mabee and his wife Marie Landrin, Frederick married Levinah Pelham in New York and resided in Rombout Precinct, Dutchess County, New York. Frederick Mabee was a British loyalist and when the war ended in 1783 he left the U.S. and settled in New Brunswick.

A decade later the family would move to Turkey Point in Charlotteville Township in Norfolk County. Frederick Mabee died in 1794, just a year after his arrival at Turkey Point. He would become the first white settler to be buried in Norfolk County.


Places to Explore

Backhouse Heritage Conservation Area
Hillman Marsh
Long Point Provincial Park
Point Pelee National Park
Port Burwell Provincial Park
Rock Point Provincial Park
Ruthven Park, National Historic Site
Taquanyah Conservation Area
Vittoria Conservation Area
Wintering Site, National Historic Site

Ontario Towns and Cities

Long Point, Ontario
Normandale, Ontario
Port Dover, Ontario
Port Maitland, Ontario
Port Rowan, Ontario
Port Ryerse, Ontario
Port Stanley, Ontario
Turkey Point, Ontario
Vittoria, Ontario
Waterford, Ontario
York, Ontario

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