Sites

Caleb Village    

64 Ursuline Avenue, Chatham

In 1867, the Ursuline nuns constructed “The Pines,” a three-and-a-half-storey Italianate/Second Empire style motherhouse. The original convent-school and newer residence were redeveloped by the Caleb Group as a retirement home, which opened in 2008. The new development retains the original façade.

519 352 1660

http://www.calebgroup.ca

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Classic Coachworks

160 Marlborough Street North, Blenheim

This full-time vehicle restoration shop specializes in early classic cars, especially the Chatham-built Gray carriages and Gray-Dort automobiles. The façade duplicates the design of a coach-building shop that operated in Ingersoll in the 1930s, and features signs from that time. Genuine Supertest visible-gas pumps grace the entrance.

http://www.blenheimontario.com/classic-coachworks

676 2432

stanuher@hotmail.com

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Dresden Branch, Chatham-Kent Public Library

187 Brown Street, Dresden

Built in 1913 with an $8,000 donation from the Carnegie Foundation and designated a historic site under the Ontario Heritage Act in 1989, the Dresden library is the sole remaining Carnegie building in Chatham-Kent. Renovations in 2000 added 1,350 square feet to the original 1,400 square-foot plan.

* * check hours * *

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North Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

21975 A.D. Shadd Road, North Buxton

This site encompasses the 9,000 acres (3,642 hectares) that made up the Elgin settlement, established in 1849 by Rev. William King. Visitors can see the restored 1861 schoolhouse and a church and cemetery dating from 1866. The site is one of the few remaining African-Canadian settlements from the era before the American Civil War.

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Pines Chapel

64 Ursuline Avenue, Chatham

Commissioned in 1961 by the Ursuline Sisters as an addition to their residence and school property known as “The Pines,” this chapel is a modernist design giving a multi-sided impression of a crown, and is recognized as architect Joseph Storey’s most significant work. The interior features a large circular sanctuary surrounded by a series of triangular stained-glass windows.

joshuaministries.ca

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Retro Suites Hotel

2 King Street West, Chatham

A hotel has stood on this site since the 1890s, when Francis Towne Merrill built the Merrill Hotel. Today, the Retro is one of Canada’s unique boutique hotels and features individually designed, car-themed rooms. While the interior of the hotel is modern, the original exterior architecture is painstakingly maintained. New suites have been added since a fire last year.

* * Open Sunday only * *

www.retrosuites.com

519 351 5885

info@retrosuites.com

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Tecumseh Monument

Longwoods Road, Thamesville

Tecumseh, a Shawnee born in what is now Ohio, co-led a movement to restore and preserve traditional Indian values. He believed that western tribes should unite to drive back white settlement and ensure the survival of Native peoples. He allied himself with the British against the Americans in the War of 1812, helped capture Detroit and was killed in October 1813 near this site.

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Trillium Trail Historical Walk

Meet at the Dresden Branch, Chatham-Kent Public Library,

87 Brown Street, Dresden

Guided by a booklet, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of as many as 41 historic properties in Dresden. Prominent abolitionists established an institute for education, a mission and other services for freedom seekers in the mid-19th century (1840-70).

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site

29251 Uncle Tom’s Road, Dresden

Discover the achievements of Josiah Henson through interactive exhibits and period artifacts. Henson, a Black slave who escaped the United States via the Underground Railroad, purchased the property in 1841 and established the Dawn Settlement, a refuge for fugitives from slavery who escaped to Canada. The Ontario Heritage Trust owns and operates the site

http://www.uncletom’scabin.org

519 683 2978

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Ursuline Motherhouse

85 Grand Avenue West, Chatham

The Ursuline sisters, a teaching order, established themselves in Chatham in 1860 and built the motherhouse in 1867. Relatively unchanged since then, it is named for the beautiful row of pine trees planted in front of the school, some still remaining. The Italianate/Second Empire style polychrome brick building has an 11-bay façade and a canted mansard third floor.

519 352 1660

www.calebgroup.ca

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TV Cogeco     

491 Richmond St., Chatham

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your local TVCOGECO studio? TVCOGECO produces a wide variety of programming.  Our staff producers and many highly trained community volunteers commit their time to bring you stories, people, places and events of our community. Come and see what it takes to get programs like our magazine show and multi-camera community event coverage on the air. Have some refreshments and enter a draw to win a flat screen TV! TVCOGECOisan exclusive service available only on cable.

* * Sunday only* * 

http://www.tvcogeco.com

519-352-5241, ext. 30

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River Bell Market Garden

559 Sydenham Street, Dresden

A new organic market garden that opened in the Spring of 2012. As well as producing fruits, herbs, flowers and vegetables year-round for the local market, bedding plants are available in the spring. 

www.riverbell.ca.

519-683-2052

email@riverbell.ca

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St. Clair College, Thames Campus – HealthPlex

1001 Grand Avenue West, Chatham

The St. Clair College HealthPlex is a beautiful, brand new facility offering a variety of services to its members. Memberships are available to the community and include access to our Fitness Centre, Double Gymnasium (featuring the new green play floor) and a Two-Lane suspended indoor walking/running track. Our clean, comfortable atmosphere and state of the art fitness equipment make our facility the perfect place for everyone.

St. Clair College HealthPlex – Drop by for a tour – Just for the Health of it!

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99.1FM CKXS Radio

187 Brown Street, Dresden

 Built in the early 1900’s, this Wallaceburg building is situated in the  centre of the downtown.   An old Shoe store for many years, the building went through renovations in 2009 after Five Amigos Broadcating was awarded a radio license in May of 2009.  The studios’ big bay windows overlook the Sydenham river .  

 http://www.CKXSFM.com

onair@ckxsfm.com

519-627-0007

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