Hadlington, named for Joseph Hadley, was a small milling community located in Haliburton County. To that end, settlers first arrived in Hadlington during the mid-1890s. As a result the village quickly grew to contain a sawmill, general store, post office and school. Primary occupations in the area were lumbering and farming.
The school was a busy place. Hadlington’s residents used it for a variety of activities. Since Hadlington had no church, the villagers used the school for both religious services and Sunday school. In addition, it also served as a venue for more secular activities such as a theatre and a dance hall. For the most part, dances in particular were extremely popular in this small remote community. In essence, Hadlington was never large and at its height boasted about 30 families.
Hadlington’s downfall was largely due to the depression in the 1930s. After the mills shut down, there was nothing left to sustain the small hamlet. Consequently, by the 1940s, it was almost deserted. Today all that remains of Hadlington are shells and ruins. The only remaining building is the schoolhouse, now owned by a hunt club. Learn more