History of Coe Hill


The Hamlet of Coe Hill in the Township of Wollaston in northern Hastings County on County Road 620 has a history of mining. Incorporated in 1880, it was named after William Coe of Madoc. He formed the Coe Hill Mines Company, after Harry Johnson had discovered iron deposits in a hill. In its early days Coe Hill was therefore settled by miners and by loggers, who harvested the nearby forests. The surrounding arable land provided a good livelihood for farmers.

Today Coe Hill, with a population of 708 (2011 census) is the business hub of the Township of Wollaston. Yet, reminiscent of the mining activity of old, rock-hounding is still a popular and worthwhile hobby to be pursued in the area around Coe Hill, which offers a great variety of activities to outdoor enthusiasts in all seasons.


  • Laura Harvey| January 31, 2021 at 11:26 am Reply

    I’m looking for info/history on the big house on Wolliston Lake, 461 The Ridge Road, Coe Hill, ON. I grew up camping across the lake at Red Eagle and always wondered what it’s history is. It’s now up for sale and the picture of the interior are from what I would have expected. Very interesting! Please let me know if you have any information. Thank you.

  • Basil Martin| January 18, 2021 at 5:01 pm Reply

    hello im looking for some information on my great grand mother Louisa (Coe) Martin , she married George Martin from Kitchener in the late 1800s , she had one son Arthur Edwin (SPIKE) Martin married to Anna Oneil in 1926 , she also had a daughter who passed away in her late teens , any info would be nice as i have heard of the Coe Hills and the family over the years but never had history about them thank you

  • Tracy Simon| December 7, 2018 at 6:43 am Reply

    I’m searching for the Coe Family from Hastings. My father was born out of wedlock in 1926. In his adoption records, his father is listed as Clive Coe Atkins, born in Hastings in 1902. I believe his parents names were William Atkins and Catherine Coe. There are many matches in my DNA results that I cannot find a connection with. I’m thinking they’re from this line. Any lead will help. Thanks!

    • Bob Allen| December 29, 2020 at 4:51 pm Reply

      Tracy, Bob Allen here, Dayton, Ohio. One of my ancestors is William Coe’s second wife; Mary Jane Allen. William, married Mary Jane sometime after 1868. They had 4 children: Emily, Arthur, Kate and William. Kate (Catherine) married William Adkins who I believe was a druggist in Madoc.

  • Harry Hunter| October 31, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    I am looking for information about the Military display that used to take place in Coe Hill. There is an effort underway to reproduce the event with the Army Reserve at LOCH-SLOY Picton airbase.

  • Mark Leggett| January 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Wow! the first Coe Hillbilly really was a Billy

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