Hastings Historical Plaques
Road Trip #1 - Villages of Centre Hastings (7)  Road Trip #4 The Treasures of North Hastings (6)  Road Trip #7 Rural Belleville and Trenton (6) 
Road Trip #2 Pioneer Days in the Madoc area (5)  Road Trip #5 Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (5)   
Road Trip #3 The Mining Towns of Centre Hastings (5)  Road Trip #6 Treasures of Tyendinaga (5)   
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Meyers gained fame as a Loyalist spy during the American Revolution. He recruited soldiers, gathered intelligence and carried dispatches though enemy lines for the British army in his native New York. Exploits, such as his daring attempt to capture rebel General Philip Schuyler in 1781, made "Hans Waltermeyer" a legendary figure in the folklore of the times. After the war, Meyers moved north to British territory and bought this site for a gristmill in 1789. He traded furs, ran merchant vessels and built a sawmill, distillery, fulling mill and inn nearby. The surrounding community became the town of Belleville in 1816. Meyers was one of many Loyalists whose defeat in the American Revolution led to the beginnings of permanent settlement in what is now Ontario.

● Ontario Heritage Trust

GPS co-ordinates: 44º 10' 17.38" N 77º 22' 58.52" W (44.16888889, 77.38277778)

Street address: 54 Station Street, Belleville

Further notes: The mill is now the headquarters of the Quinte Construction Association. It was built from limestone lifted from the Moira River beside it. The mill's presence attracted other settlers to the area and the river and settlement was named Meyers' Creek in Meyers's honour.

Information Last Updated: Thursday June 18, 2020