Tara, Ontario

Tara is an unincorporated community in the municipality of Arran–Elderslie, Bruce County, in southwestern Ontario, Canada.[1][4][5] It is a designated place and had 1,037 residents and 458 dwellings as of the 2011 census.[3] Tara is in geographic Arran Township[6] and is located on the Sauble River.[4] It has an area of 2.39 square kilometres (0.92 sq mi) and an urban area that covers 63.5 square kilometres (24.5 sq mi).

Community in Ontario, Canada

View of Yonge Street

Tarry Awhile in Tara

Location in southern Ontario


Country Canada
Province Ontario
County Bruce
Municipality Arran–Elderslie

  Total 2.39 km2 (0.92 sq mi)

233 m (764 ft)

  Total 1,037
  Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern Time Zone)
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern Time Zone)
Postal Code
N0H 2N0
Area code(s) 519, 226, 548

Tara is in the federal electoral district of Bruce—Grey—Owen Sound and in the provincial electoral district of the same name.

A railway point called “Tara Siding” is south of the community on the opposite bank of the Sauble River.[7] It was created in 1855 by the building of the Stratford and Huron Railway, and abandoned 1993.

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Richard Berford and John Hamilton were the first European settlers to move onto and survey the lots of the future village of Tara in 1851. The opening of the road from Southampton to Owen Sound in 1852 helped the early growth of the community, as the village is located approximately half-way in between the two larger towns. Shortly after, Hamilton opened a hotel, serving the incoming settlers of the surrounding townships.[8] A post-office opened in 1862 with the name, Eblana, however it was changed the following year to Tara, after a town in County Meath, Ireland which served as the seat of Irish royalty.[9] In 1880, the local newspaper, The Tara Leader was first published, and the following year the railroad was built to the community and the first locomotive arrived.[10]

In 1855, a sawmill opened by H. W. M. Richards, becoming the first manufacturing industry; a grist mill was added to it in 1857. Two years later, a large foundry and agricultural implement works was started by W. A. Gerolamy. Other earlier businesses included a steam sawmill, a woolen mill and a potash factory. The first post office opened in 1862. The railway reached Tara in October 1881. The village never did become a major manufacturing centre.[11]

A historic plaque at Tara reads:

Soon after the survey of Arran Township was completed in 1851. John Hamilton and Richard Berford, early settlers in the area, located here along the Sauble River. The opening of the Owen Sound Post road stimulated the growth of a small community and in 1858 Berford registered a village plan. Situated in a rich agricultural region wuth abundant water power, the settlement developed quickly. By 1861 it contained saw and grist mills, a foundry producing agricultural implements, wagon works and a tannery, and the following year a post office was established. Tara became a thriving commercial and manufacturing centre and, in anticipation of the arrival of the Stratford and Huron Railway, it was incorporated as a village by a county by-law effective January 1, 1881.[12]

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