Colonel Joel Stone

A plaque explaining the history of Joel Stone and Gananoque.

A plaque about the history of Joel Stone and Gananoque, near a park bench in Gananoque.


Do you know where Stone Street gets its name from? You may not have heard of Colonel Joel Stone — or maybe you have — but as the founder of Gananoque he’s a very important historical figure to this Canadian town.

Colonel Joel Stone was a Loyalist in the American Revolution, a soldier fighting for the British army. Forced to flee his home in New York when the British lost the war, he came to resettle permanently in Upper Canada and was granted a plot of land for his loyalty to the British Crown. That plot of land was located on the west side of the Gananoque River, where Joel Stone Heritage Park stands today.

Joel Stone Beach in Gananoque at sunset

Sunset at Joel Stone Beach, with the Joel Stone Park amphitheatre in the background.

Making the most of his new land, Colonel Stone was a very industrious business man. He ran a ferry service, a gristmill, and a sawmill, all of which helped the fledgling Gananoque thrive as an industrial site. Later on in life, Colonel Stone helped commission roads, collect customs, and acted as a justice of the peace as well as going on to command militia forces in the War of 1812.

A canon at Joel Stone Park in Gananoque.

A canon at Joel Stone Park in Gananoque.

The Town of Gananoque has many memorials to Colonel Stone, including the Joel Stone Heritage Park, which consists of historical buildings, the Arthur Child Heritage Museum, a public beach, and an amphitheatre that hosts live concerts in the summer. Some of his historical contributions can be seen during one of the historical walks, including the one hosted by Gananoque Walking.
A sign on 110 Stone Street, Gananoque's first post office.

110 Stone Street was Gananoque’s first post office, and one of many historic buildings you can see on a walking tour.

Stone & South takes its name from South Street and Stone Street, the streets that intersect at our corner of paradise. We’re doing our best to add to the stately and rich heritage that Colonel Stone and Gananoque have built over the years, and it’s our honour to share our name with Gananoque’s founder while we help develop Gananoque’s future.

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The Gananoque lighthouse, overlooking the St. Lawrence.

The Gananoque Lighthouse at Joel Stone Park, overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

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