Glanmire began as a small colonization settlement along the Hastings Colonization Road. Compared to the success of other roads, this road stands as a stark reminder of the failure of the road colonization program. Settlers first arrived in 1856 and a post office was in place by the end of 1858.
Glanmire, like many of the Hastings Road settlements thrived for a while. The community certainly benefitted from being on the stage route. Consequently the post office served the important function of moving the mail on a weekly basis from Millbridge to Thanet and then on to York River (later Bancroft). Glanmire also contained a hotel for a while and later a school and church.
Although Glanmire survived a little longer than most of the Hastings Road settlements, there was simply not enough industry or business in the area to sustain it. As a result, buBy the late 1950s the community was pretty much finished.
Today, few reminders remain from Glanmire. The cemetery contains a number of family plots and still sees occasional usage. On the positive side, the area remains popular with cottage goers and other summer enthusiasts, where it supports a small summer community. Learn More