The area was first settled and founded in 1869 by George Hunt, who built a small agricultural centre there. In 1870, a post office was built and the area was named Huntsville after Hunt, who became the first postmaster. Huntsville's economic development was stimulated by the engineering of a navigable water route north from Port Sydney to Huntsville which opened in 1877. A railway route from Gravenhurst was built by the Northern and Pacific Junction Railway in 1885, which encouraged development and resulted in Huntsville becoming officially incorporated in 1886.
In the following year, the Muskoka Colonization Road reached this area. The central Ontario community became an important industrial area in the late 19th century and had several saw, planing and shingle mills, as well as a tannery. Today, the many lakes and hills in the area, combined with the town's proximity to both Algonquin Park and Toronto, make Huntsville and the Muskoka region a major tourist destination.

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Wise Advice from a Farmer's Wife

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  • Whenever you return a borrowed pie pan, make sure it's got a warm pie in it.
  • Invite lots of folks to supper. You can always add more water to the soup.
  • There's no such thing as woman's work on a farm. There's just work.
  • Make home a happy place for the children. Everybody returns to their happy place.
  • Always keep a small light on in the kitchen window at night.
  • If your man gets his truck stuck in the field, don't go in after him. Throw him a rope and pull him out with the tractor.
  • Keep the kerosene lamp away from the the milk cow's leg.
  • It's a whole lot easier to get breakfast from a chicken than a pig.
  • Always pat the chickens when you take their eggs.
  • It's easy to clean an empty house, but hard to live in one.
  • All children spill milk. Learn to smile and wipe it up.
  • Homemade's always better'n store bought.
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  • A tongue's like a knife. The sharper it is the deeper it cuts.
  • A good neighbor always knows when to visit and when to leave.
  • A city dog wants to run out the door, but a country dog stays on the porch 'cause he's not fenced-in.
  • Always light birthday candles from the middle outward.
  • Nothin' gets the frustrations out better'n splittn' wood.
  • The longer dress hem, the more trusting the husband.
  • Enjoy doing your children's laundry. Some day they'll be gone.
  • You'll never catch a runnin' chicken but if you throw seed around the back door you'll have a skillet full by supper.
  • Biscuits brown better with a little butter brushed on 'em.
  • Check your shoelaces before runnin' to help somebody.
  • Visit old people who can't get out. Some day you'll be one.
  • The softer you talk, the closer folks'll listen.
  • The colder the outhouse, the warmer the bed.