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Dorset     (Village)    
Currently Exists     

Other Names (also known as):
Former Name(s): Cedar Narrows (c1835-?); Colebridge (?-1859); Dorset (1859+)

Geographic*: Ridout Township / Sherborne Township, Muskoka District / Haliburton County
Municipal: Lake of Bays

(I quote from a tourist book put out by the Haliburton Chamber of Commerce, p.12) "The area was Originally located in settled in 1835 by a man named Isaac Hunter. (The area was then known as Cedar Narrows, because of {1} the narrowing of Lake of Bays and the ford across those narrows and {2} the cedar trees growing along those narrows.) The first permanent resident, Zachariah Cole, built the town's hotel around 1862. He named the hotel and the town Colebridge. When the narrows was bridged in 1859, the flow of people and goods increased and the name was officially changed to Dorset." Another history book notes that the coming of the Post Office necessitated the town's name change because there was already a "Colebridge" Post Office elsewhere in Ontario.

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  • History courtesy of Roger Nixon
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