Today Number 30 Highway is the main road north from Brighton, but in the first part of the 1800s, this road did not exist. Instead, the Percy Road carried most of the north-south traffic between Brighton and Percy and Seymour Townships. The old road was started in the first years of settlement with Obediah Simpson situated at the southern terminus of the trail that led north from the original Danforth Highway (No. 2 today), into the northern concessions where folks settled near the trail.
The story of The Old Percy Road shows how and why this old road was replaced by the new Brighton and Seymour Gravel Road which evolved into our No. 30 today. Roads resulted from decisions people made as they settling here and the community was shaped over time by the roads and how they changed.
On the right is a relatively modern road map of Brighton Township which appears in the story. It shows the Old Percy Road in yellow beside the current Number 30 in brown.
Download The Old Percy Road (below) and see for yourself.