A new historical plaque was installed along the side of No. 30 Highway at The Breakaway in 2014. At right is The History Guy recognizing this important addition to Brighton's heritage landscape. The Breakaway is a name applied to the valley north of Hilton where No. 30 dips down to cross the creek and pass a campground. The historical plaque, created by the Brighton Heritage Advisory Committee, is on the west side of the road near the creek. Stop and have a look!
The Breakaway also refers to a devastating flood that happening in 1852 when a small lake gave way and a wall of water barrelled down this narrow valley, destroying everything in its path. Two men died and a saw mill was destroyed and the land in the immediate area was changed for ever.
This unique local history story was presented to a full house at Hilton Hall on April 21, 2012, exactly 160 years, to the day, of the actual event.
Download the story of The Breakaway below.