Picton is located at the south-western end of Picton Bay, a branch of the Bay of Quinte, which is along the northern shoreline of Lake Ontario. Picton is located within Prince Edward County. The town is named for General Sir Thomas Picton, a famous Welsh hero and second in command to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.
Prior to 1837, when it was incorporated into a town, Picton consisted of two separate villages; Hallowell and Picton—which occupied the opposite sides of Picton Bay.
In 1998, the town and all other municipalities in the county were amalgamated into one single-tier municipality, the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward. Each of the former municipalities is now a ward of the county with Picton as Ward 1.
Main Street Picton, Ontario, 1869
Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library
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