Lewisham was a small colonization settlement at the edge of Muskoka that was first settled around 1874. Although the government ostensibly promoted it as farm land, the soil was poor and only small portions of it were arable.
Lewisham thrived for awhile. By the mid 1880s it had a post office, store, school, two churches, and a sawmill. During its best days, Lewisham boasted a population of around 150. Accordingly, the residents set up small bush farms and kept themselves busy shipping hay, lumber and anything else they could produce.
As a result, by the early 20th century, Lewisham’s best days were behind it. Unquestionably, the remoteness of the location, poor farming, depletion of the lumber supply were all contributing factors to Lewisham’s unfortunate demise. Consequently, by 1910, its population had dropped to about 50.
Today very little remains of Lewisham. When last seen, the schoolhouse was in use as a hunt camp. Learn more