A raid on Elizabethtown occurred on February 7, 1813, when Benjamin Forsyth and 200 of his American forces crossed the frozen St.
Lawrence River to occupy the settlement and seize military and public stores, free American prisoners, and capture British military prisoners.
In 1846, the population was 2,111 and there were many buildings made of stone.
There was a court house and jail, six churches or chapels, and a steamboat pier for travel to and from Montreal and Kingston.
Many Loyalists chose to flee north to the British colony of Quebec. Loyalist to take up land in Brockville was William Buell Sr.