But of course, I like Cannifton because of its buildings as well as its history...indeed, they are one. Situated as it is on the Moira River, which tumbles over shelves of limestone on the way to the Bay of Quinte, it is not surprising that a lot of Cannifton's early buildings are of stone. Of special interest are several associated with the founders of the town, the Canniff family.
Some time after 1806, John Canniff, the community's founder had begun to clear land in the area. His family built a dam, a sawmill and a flouring mill at the site of the present village, and a stone house. Canniff's Mills was at one time Thurlow township's largest village, the junction of all the area's roads and the link to the north in the 1830's. John Canniff came from Dutchess County N.Y. (as did my mother's people), joining other Loyalists in the move northward. In 1815 it is reported that there were only two houses in the area - one was John Canniff's, reported by my building researcher friend Lois to be the white house (stone beneath the stucco) pictured at the bottom...I think it may be the building mentioned as son Daniel's inn at one time.
John Canniff's two sons Daniel and Joseph continued the work of empire building. Sometime after 1820, Joseph crossed to the east side of the river and built a grist mill and saw mill. Cannifton was at its peak in 1860. It's said that there were 90 people with the name of Canniff living in the area at that time.
Lois the building lady just gave me the name of the folks who live in the stone cottage with the beautifully restored verandah. They are passionately interested in the history of the village. Suspect I'll be inviting myself for a chat someday soon.