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Talbot Settlement Life in 10 Artifacts

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Talbot's Settlement Duties

Throughout Upper and Lower Canada there were different settlement duties that had to be completed before you could obtain your land deed. In the Talbot Settlement, settlers had 3 years to complete their duties and make sure they were all up to the Colonel's standards. If any of these duties were not completed or to Colonel Talbot's liking, their name would simply be erased from the plot and the land taken away. These duties include;

-building a house of dimensions at least 16 feet x 20 feet and occupy it
-clear road allowance across the front of the lot
-clear and fence 5 acres 
-cut large trees up to one chain length (66 feet) from road

Take a look at 10 artifacts that would have been essential to life in the Talbot Settlement. 

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Colonel Thomas Talbot: the Man, the Myth, the Gardener

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Accounts of the settlers depict Colonel Thomas Talbot as a tempermental man who ruled with an iron fist, but the word of his peers talks about a caretaker of lush plants. Mrs. Anna Jamieson noted his two-acre rose garden and sixteen acres of orchard. Flowers were also noted in the writings of Lady Victoria Welby, who had visited with her mother.

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