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.


  • Ruby Morgan| October 14, 2021 at 8:59 am Reply

    My mother’s family lived in a rental home in Coe Hill somewhere between where the municipal office and Red Eagle are now. It burned down in the spring of 1936 while my Grandfather was working in a logging camp. She was a Hewton at the time. I’ve recently read the book Your Loving Anna and it mentions one of their daughters marrying into the Hewton family. My grandfather was Robert Wallace Hewton March 29, 1901-June 4, 1964. He married Iva Clarice Burkitt Oct 25, 1904-Feb 22, 1984

  • Martin Smith| September 30, 2021 at 10:21 am Reply

    Thanks for all the feedback guys!

  • Leonard Caldwell| September 24, 2021 at 9:21 am Reply

    My G-G-Grandfather kept a daily journal and lived nearby in Chandos Township. He was a farmer and postmaster for the Clydesdale settlement plus he worked as tax assessor for Chandos, Burleigh and Anstruther Townships. He had a closer tie to Apsley but went often to Coe Hill and fished a couple times at Eagle Lake (now called Wollaston Lake). Prior to April 20th 1885 he called Coe Hill by the name Wollaston and went there fairly often to shop and visit various people. His journals are chocked full of names and can be searched using Word tools.
    A transcribed copy of his journal can be found on the facebook site “Hugh Caldwell & Ann MacDonald of Clydesdale Settlement, Chandos files” under the files tab.
    The original journals are scanned and can be found in the album section of facebook site “Hugh Chandos Caldwell” and also on the Trent University Library Archives under the title Caldwell Family Fonds.

  • Tom Watt| August 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm Reply

    My Great, great grandfather (Alexander Watt) is buried in Salem Pioneer Cemetery, my first cousin and myself hope to go and visit his grave site in September, 2021 and wondered if any of the Watt family still live in the area. I knew my Great grandfather Thomas Watt (his son) and share his name. A few years ago my Sister contacted someone in the village and they were able to tell us how to find the homestead. Probably my last visit and would like to talk to some relatives if I have them. I am the keeper of the family Bible.

    • Denise mclean| August 10, 2021 at 7:41 pm Reply

      Hello Tom,
      I am not family, but my husband and I live just past that cemetery….you will be pleased to know that the cemetery is well maintained; grass cut and trimmed, and properly respected by all locals.
      Best of luck with your family search.

  • 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.

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