Pierpoint Settlement Research Project

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Pierpoint is recognized as the earliest known non-Indigenous settlement within Centre Wellington. It is associated with the early Black Canadian community and is a significant piece of the Township’s history and to the history of Black Canadians. While much is already known about Richard Pierpoint, who was designated a national historic person by Parks Canada in 2020, the Township is interested in further developing our understanding of the Pierpoint Settlement.

The Pierpoint Settlement was considered as a potential Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL) as part of the Township’s recent CHL Study & Inventory (2021). Given that physical evidence associated with the settlement has yet to be uncovered, and its precise historical location is still unknown, the Pierpoint Settlement was not identified as CHL at that time. Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) has been retained to conduct additional research to further understand the history, location, and significance of the Pierpoint Settlement and, in consultation with the public and stakeholders, to determine appropriate protection, interpretation, and commemoration strategies to recognize and broaden awareness of Pierpoint’s history.

Project Goals:

The Township understands that various individuals, academics, authors, institutions, and organizations may be able to provide information as we undertake additional historical research into the Pierpoint settlement and its early settlers. While ASI will be reaching out to many stakeholders identified to date, we are looking to the general public to provide us with any additional information that may be useful for this project.

This research project will consist of the following phases to be completed by early Fall 2022:

  • Initial Consultation – to reach out to identified individuals, groups, and the public, for further information
  • Research – to get a better understanding of the history and location of the early settlement and the people who lived there
  • Public Consultation Workshop – to further determine community value, present findings of archival research, and to discuss potential interpretation vision and options (date to be determined).
  • Interpretation Framework – to present the results of the above tasks with recommendations for next steps for Council approval


For more information:

For more information on the Centre Wellington CHL Study & Inventory, which was endorsed by Council in June of 2021, click here.

If you have any information regarding the Pierpoint settlement that would assist in this research project, we ask that you submit your information below, or email the information to miglesias@centrewellington.ca by June 30, 2022.

Pierpoint is recognized as the earliest known non-Indigenous settlement within Centre Wellington. It is associated with the early Black Canadian community and is a significant piece of the Township’s history and to the history of Black Canadians. While much is already known about Richard Pierpoint, who was designated a national historic person by Parks Canada in 2020, the Township is interested in further developing our understanding of the Pierpoint Settlement.

The Pierpoint Settlement was considered as a potential Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL) as part of the Township’s recent CHL Study & Inventory (2021). Given that physical evidence associated with the settlement has yet to be uncovered, and its precise historical location is still unknown, the Pierpoint Settlement was not identified as CHL at that time. Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) has been retained to conduct additional research to further understand the history, location, and significance of the Pierpoint Settlement and, in consultation with the public and stakeholders, to determine appropriate protection, interpretation, and commemoration strategies to recognize and broaden awareness of Pierpoint’s history.

Project Goals:

The Township understands that various individuals, academics, authors, institutions, and organizations may be able to provide information as we undertake additional historical research into the Pierpoint settlement and its early settlers. While ASI will be reaching out to many stakeholders identified to date, we are looking to the general public to provide us with any additional information that may be useful for this project.

This research project will consist of the following phases to be completed by early Fall 2022:

  • Initial Consultation – to reach out to identified individuals, groups, and the public, for further information
  • Research – to get a better understanding of the history and location of the early settlement and the people who lived there
  • Public Consultation Workshop – to further determine community value, present findings of archival research, and to discuss potential interpretation vision and options (date to be determined).
  • Interpretation Framework – to present the results of the above tasks with recommendations for next steps for Council approval


For more information:

For more information on the Centre Wellington CHL Study & Inventory, which was endorsed by Council in June of 2021, click here.

If you have any information regarding the Pierpoint settlement that would assist in this research project, we ask that you submit your information below, or email the information to miglesias@centrewellington.ca by June 30, 2022.

Pierpoint Settlement Information

If you have any information regarding the Pierpoint settlement that would assist in this research project, we ask that you submit your information below, or email the information to miglesias@centrewellington.ca by June 30, 2022.

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    Need for detailed mapping of all available data

    by Pierpoint settlement, 10 days ago

    I hope the research to be done will include the detailed mapping of all census, land sales, and tax data pertaining to the settlement area. If I was still active as a researcher (I'm now retired) I'd offer to help but I have not done such research and mapping since the 1990s.

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