History of Burlington

Front entrance of Freeman station

The history of Burlington is rich and exciting. Dive into Burlington’s history and the settlers that came here more than 300 years ago to learn about this community’s roots.

Front entrance of Freeman station

Indigenous Peoples

& French Explorers

The many natural advantages of this area attracted indigenous people long before the arrival of the first white settlers along the lakefront in the late 1700’s. In 1669 famous French explorer Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle landed where La Salle park is now located.

In 1784 the British granted a large land tract to Captain Joseph Brant in recognition of fighting on the side of the British in the US War of Independence. The sale by Brant of lots in his block marked the beginning of the area that evolved into Burlington. Two structures near the site of Brant’s home, the Joseph Brant Museum and the Joseph Brant Hospital, are just two memorials to his name.


Growth & Prosperity

The agrarian period of our history was marked by activities that have disappeared.

Commercial canneries, ice harvesting and basket factories have been replaced by modern companies and high tech industries which have brought an influx of residents.

From the visit of LaSalle to this area over 300 years ago, Burlington has grown into a highly successful urban area with an appealing quality of life.

Source:  Burlington Historical Society

Black and white photo of Brant St. with horse and buggies