In 1875, Umfraville had 250 residents, a post office, hotel, 4 churches, a school and stores. It also boasted a sawmill and flour mill built by William Jorman on the Egan Creek. Umfraville was built as part of the Old Hastings Road by Irish settlers Dermot and Darby Kavanaugh. It was a strong Irish community, sadly turned into a ghost town when the railway was built far to the east. There isn’t a lot to see anymore. The once thriving town has been reclaimed by mother nature. The Umfraville cemetery still exists and an old homestead not too far from it. You can still see some cedar rail fencing and an old barn, but much is gone.
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