Thamesville

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Former townhall
Thamesville welcome sign displaying various community organizations
Bulldog Steel Wool factory - Thamesville

Thamesville is a community in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada. It is located at the junction of former provincial Highways 2 and 21, between Chatham and London. Its name comes from the Thames River that flows nearby and the suffix -ville.

It has a very small downtown with many notable restaurants and stores, such as Mac's Milk, Thamesville Surplus, Home Hardware, The Lucky Kitchen, Johnny Quest, Thoroughly Painted Quarters Mennonite Furniture, Canterlope Western Apparel and Tack, and The Bee's Hive. Students get bussed to Dresden for Secondary Education (Lambton Kent Composite School). Thamesville has one Public Elementary School (Thamesville Area Central School), and one Catholic Elementary School (Good Shepherd Catholic School).

It is the home of the Threshing Festival, which is held annually in the month of July. The Threshing Festival's main attraction is the midway and the large parade held on the first night of the Festival. The festival sticks to its "rural roots" by featuring such events as: Lawnmower races, Farmer Olympics, and Frog Jumping contests.

The former Town-hall (right) is now a public library and museum.

Near Thamesville is the site of a famous battle in the War of 1812. It is there that Shawnee leader Tecumseh was killed during the Battle of the Thames. In tribute to this war hero, a monument stands across from the field where the battle occurred.

Thamesville is also the birthplace of famous Canadian author Robertson Davies who wrote the Deptford Trilogy of novels (Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders), in which Thamesville is fictionalized as the town of Deptford, Ontario.[1]

Bulldog Steel Wool is manufactured in Thamesville.[2]

Personalities[edit]

  • Birthplace of author Robertson Davies
  • Birthplace of deputy minister of education for Ontario, Robert L Mitton

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://portal.chatham-kent.ca/newcomers/CHOOSECK/OURCOMMUNITIES/Pages/thamesvillepage.aspx
  2. ^ Bull Dog Steel Wool. Bulldogsteelwool.ca (2006-12-14). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.

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Coordinates: 42°33′06″N 81°58′38″W / 42.55167°N 81.97722°W / 42.55167; -81.97722