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.
To learn more about Huntsville, go to www.huntsville.ca
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
2 1/4 c
2 1/4 c
light brown sugar
all purpose flour
egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats. Set aside. Heat butter and brown sugar in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently with a wooden or silicon spoon, until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in oats, flour, salt, egg, and vanilla. Drop cookie batter by the teaspoon onto prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie to allow them to spread. Bake for 5 -7 minutes, watching closely to prevent them from over-baking. The lace cookies should be golden brown. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 30 seconds and remove onto racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container. ***Warning, these cookies are so good, you won't be able to eat just one. Also, make sure you leave LOTS of room between cookies, otherwise you end up with one big cookie****