The first settlers arrived in this area in 1798.
In 1822, the town was named Cobourg to commemorate the marriage of Princess Charlotte to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, Germany. (The extra O in Cobourg is believed to have been an error made by a clerk.
The town built the magnificent Victoria Hall between 1856 and 1860 when residents believed their town could be chosen capital of Upper Canada.
To-night the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92)
Very nostalgic for me having grown up there. It’s a beautiful town with a nice beach and in it’s heyday had many American summer homes (because it was supposed to have the ‘perfect’ amount of ozone for recreation) and a ferry to Rochester on which my Dad worked for a short time before going off to war. Yes it was at one time considered for the capital of Canada as it was an up-and-comer having a University Avenue to go along with the original Victoria College before it moved to Toronto. But the up-and-comer never came, probably all the more reason I loved growing up there.
More gorgeous blue skies, and beautiful things. Thanks, Miles!