In the field across from Kingston’s Historic Green Woods Inn lies a large boulder with an even bigger history behind it. At first glance it appears bland as any old rock, but actually bears a long and interesting history unknown to both visitors and residents of Kingston.
The story behind the boulder starts with a man named George Baxter, a Scotsman who immigrated to Canada in 1818 to take a job as principal of the Royal Grammar School in Kingston.? After settling into his life in Kingston, Goerge Baxter invited his parents Peter and Margaret Barbara to bring their daughter Isabelle to live in Canada.
Courtesy of the City of Kingston
Kingston, ON/July 7, 2017 – This year, Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast will come together to honour our great country in meaningful ways. Throughout this historic year, Kingston will be showcasing its ongoing contributions to the nation. Springer Market Square has served as the heart of Kingston and the heart of Canada. As a gathering place and commercial hub for the exchange of goods and ideas, Market Square has and continues to be the cultural core of Kingston. There has been an operating market on this site for more than 200 years, making the Kingston Public Market the oldest in Ontario. The Square remains a place where Kingston residents and tourists find local foods, artisanal crafts and vintage treasures, catch up with friends over a cup of coffee, or skate on a cold winter’s day. Being in the Square makes Kingstonians and visitors a way to enjoy our vibrant community.