|Township of Blandford-Blenheim|
|Motto: Working Together|
|• Mayor||Marion Wearn|
|• Federal riding||Oxford|
|• Prov. riding||Oxford|
|• Land||382.28 km2 (147.60 sq mi)|
|• Density||19.3/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern Standard Time (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||519 and 226|
Its government consists of a mayor and four councillors. There are no geographic ward divisions for municipal elections; candidates for councillor campaign in the entire township and the four candidates who receive the most votes are declared elected.
The township was amalgamated in 1975 from two historic county townships, Blandford and Blenheim.
- 1 Communities
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Attractions and cultural resources
- 4 Natural areas and parks
- 5 History
- 6 Historical events
- 7 Historical landmarks
- 8 Plaques and monuments
- 9 Historical cemeteries
- 9.1 Anglican Cemetery
- 9.2 Blenheim Evangelical 9th Line Cemetery
- 9.3 Brethren Cemetery
- 9.4 Caledon Cemetery
- 9.5 Canning Cemetery
- 9.6 Chesterfield United Cemetery
- 9.7 Drumbo Cemetery
- 9.8 Mennonite Cemetery
- 9.9 Mennonite Conference Cemetery
- 9.10 Pioneer Cemetery
- 9.11 Plattsville Cemetery
- 9.12 Princeton Cemetery
- 9.13 Ratho Presbyterian Cemetery
- 9.14 Richwood Cemetery
- 9.15 Riverside Cemetery
- 9.16 Washington Cemetery
- 9.17 Windfall Cemetery
- 9.18 Wolverton Cemetery
- 10 Historical churches
- 10.1 Bright United Church
- 10.2 Chesterfield United Church
- 10.3 Drumbo Baptist Church
- 10.4 Plattsville Missionary Church
- 10.5 Plattsville United Church
- 10.6 Princeton United Church
- 10.7 Ratho Presbyterian Church
- 10.8 Richwood United Church
- 10.9 Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
- 10.10 St. Paul's Anglican Church
- 10.11 Mennonite Conference Church
- 10.12 Washington United Church
- 10.13 Willis United Church
- 10.14 Windfall United Church
- 11 Historical schools
- 12 Residents of note
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
- Population in 2011: 7359
- Population in 2006: 7149
- Population in 2001: 7630 (or 7442 when adjusted to 2006 boundaries)
- Population in 1996: 7455 (or 7409 when adjusted to 2001 boundaries)
- Population in 1991: 7266
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2616 (total dwellings: 2716)
Attractions and cultural resources
Drumbo Public Library
On June 10, 2005 the Oxford County Library Board closed the Drumbo branch. When letters of appeal and a public meeting organized by Carl McLean failed to reverse this decision, the Access Committee Group – Robbie Savage, Valerie Johnston and Paul Jacobson – was formed to maintain a community library with internet access. A new entity, the Drumbo Opportunity Centre, was born.
This group applied for charitable status, approached the County of Oxford for use of the library building and applied to the Community Access Program. Charitable status was granted in June 2006 and a lease with the County (for rent and connectivity) was signed in May 2006. DOC ceased operations at the end of December 2013 and returned the building to the control of the county.
Plattsville Public Library
c/o Plattsville Public School, 112 Mill St. E, Plattsville.
Princeton Museum and Library
35 Main St S, Princeton. A branch of the Oxford County Library. Plaque - built in 1998 from stone from local farms, the Princeton War Memorial commemorates local war veterans who died in World War I and II.
Richwood Community Centre
767415 Twp Rd 5, Blenheim. Originally a two-room schoolhouse, the former S.S. No 14 was operated as a school from 1857 to 1963. The building is now owned by the Municipality of Blandford-Blenheim and is used as a community centre.
Blenhheim Springs Trout Farm, Walter's Dinner Theatre.
Natural areas and parks
Con 9 lot 5 Blandford. This 40.5 ha (100 acres) of land was the first reforestation plot in the county in 1944. Similar tracts were established in Drumbo, Centreville, Innerkip, Embro and Lakeside.
Plattsville Memorial Community Arena and Park
68 Mill St E, Plattsville. Park offers 1 ball diamond with field lights, arena. There is also a pavilion. The "To Our Heroes" Memorial Gate was set up in August 1921 in honour of the men and women who served in World War I. Plattsville Cenotaph is located on the property.
Princeton Memorial Park
35 Main St. S, Princeton. A cairn and flagpole in honour of Mac McAnsh, a gentleman who operated the hardware in Princeton for many years, is located in front of the Centennial Building.
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In 1890, a body was found in a Princeton swamp that would lead to the Reginald Birchall murder trial that took place in Woodstock, Ontario. This trial received worldwide media coverage.
42 Centre St, Drumbo. Located in the former Wolverton Railway Station which was relocated to the Drumbo Agricultural Fairgrounds.
88 Wolverton St., Wolverton. A fine example of Regency styling, with Gothic flourishes. A plaque marks this brick house built about 1854–55 by Enos Woverton, village founder and first postmaster.
Plaques and monuments
775903 Blandfrod Rd. Dedicated to all Schools in the former Township of Blandford.
Drumbo Agricultural Society
42 Centre St, Drumbo. There are two plaques on the property commemorating 100 years of the Drumbo Fall Fair and 150 years of the Drumbo Fall Fair, respectively.
Henry Muma, 1822–1902
12 Wilmot St. N, Drumbo. Land agent and founder of Drumbo post office in 1854; he began a brick works here in 1874 and founded the Muma Block on this corner in 1890. His photograph is in the village agricultural hall.
Canning. Located on Township Road 3 east of the Canning Road, Canning was originally known as Mudge Hollow.
Cemetery located behind the house at 686879 Oxford Road 2, Princeton. A family cemetery in a woodlot just east of the Princeton Cemetery. Access to the cemetery is by an unmarked 12-foot right-of-way to the east of the residential property in front of the cemetery. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
Blenheim Evangelical 9th Line Cemetery
846515 Township Rd. 9. This cemetery is located south east of Bright, where it services the Mennonite community in the area.
90742 Twp. Rd. 12, Blenheim. This small Brethren Cemetery is located just south of the Hamlet of Washington. People in the vicinity are generally members of the Brethren Farm Community.
747409 Twp. Rd. 4, Blenheim. Deeded in 1842 by the Dickson family as a burial ground for the early Scottish settlers. It is located on a hill overlooking a stream.
955207 Canning Rd., Blenheim. The cemetery is located behind the Haack barn south of Canning. The Rickert plot used to be enclosed by an iron fence and an ornate gateway guarded by a large iron dog. Access to this site is by a long and narrow driveway. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
Chesterfield United Cemetery
816661 Oxford Road 22, Blandford. It surrounds the Chesterfield United Church. It contains a cenotaph erected in 1920 which is inscribed with the names of the 25 people from the community who were killed in World War I and II.
806761 Oxford Road 29, Blenheim. Situated on the property of the original Drumbo Baptist Church. A mausoleum was erected and dedicated in 1956. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery.
866250 Twp Rd 10, Blandford. The church that was associated with the cemetery was built of logs between 1846–1854 and used by `Old Order Mennonites`. It was sold in 1904 because the building needed repairs. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
Mennonite Conference Cemetery
967244 Oxford-Waterloo Rd. Created in 1830, it was originally maintained by the Blenheim Mennonite congregation. The associated church has been converted into a retreat centre.
687677 Governors Rd. Stones from this abandoned cemetery have been gathered inside protective walls. The oldest burial stone has been dated to 1853. Owned by the municipality it is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93. On this site stood the Christian Church 1848–1915 and in the surrounding land they laid their dead to rest.
Seaton St., Plattsville. Created in 1855, it was once a Lutheran Cemetery but now services the entire community. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
686853 Oxford Road 2, Princeton. The cemetery was started in the early 1800s; fenced in 1930; a mausoleum was erected in 1967; and a portion of ground was blessed for use as a Roman Catholic Cemetery in 1954. Owned by municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93. Plaque - Coloner Thomas Horner, 1767–1834. Honours the pioneer settler of Blenheim Township (1795) who built the first saw and gristmills in what became Oxford County.Plaque-Frederick Benwell, 1865-1890. Commemorates the young victim of Oxford's most infamous murdered, Reginald Birchall.
Ratho Presbyterian Cemetery
905987 Twp Rd 12, Blandford. It surrounds the Ratho Presbyterian Church.
767413 Twp Rd 5, Blenheim. After a Free Will Baptist Church was organized in Richwood in the 1840s, a rough cast meeting house was built in 1850, in the front part of the Richmond Cemetery. For many years, this was a "free burial ground". Has been expanded to include the former School property. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93. A plaque was erected here in 1998 by descendants of the Kennedy family.
955569 Lucy Rd. The first 'Regular Baptist Church' in service from 1828 to 1875, was located east of the cemetery. Located on the corner of the Lucy Road and Township Road 5. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
927196 Oxford Road 8. A small beautiful cemetery on the south side of Oxford Road 8. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93. This was an Anglican church Cemetery.
806484 Oxford Road 29. It is part of the Windfall United Church property. A plaque marks the historic hamlet of Windfall.
917709 Wolverton Rd., Wolverton. A long and narrow cemetery situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Hamlet of Wolverton. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
Bright United Church
31 John St W, Bright. The original Methodist congregation was established in 1865. There was a need for a new church in 1877, but one was not built until 1892.
Chesterfield United Church
816661 Oxford Road 22, Bright. The original congregation was Presbyterian. Built in 1854. The Chesterfield centotaph is located in the churchyard.
Drumbo Baptist Church
20 Pinkham St., Drumbo. Known originally as Second Blenheim Regular Baptist Church, it was built in 1855at Windfall. In 1859, while moving the building to the centre of Drumbo, the roof caved in and a new white framed building was erected for $1000. The new building was located about 50 yards south of the present church building, which was built in 1876. This present building was the first new building to be erected after the fire that destroyed much of the town.
Plattsville Missionary Church
15 Albert St E, Plattsville. The congregation was established in 1877 as a Methodist church. A large addition was erected in 1996.
Plattsville United Church
20 Samuel St., Plattsville. It was a Methodist congregation until 1925 when it became United. Built in 1876. Addition built in 1993, which included a new foyer and elevator.
Princeton United Church
24 Elgin St E., Princeton. The original Methodist congregation was established in 1870. The current congregation is a result of a union between the Princeton and Etonia churches in 1925. It was built in 1880.
Ratho Presbyterian Church
905987 Twp Rd 12, Blandford. Built in 1852 by a Scottish community.
Richwood United Church
767417 Rd 5, Blenheim. Richwood United Church was opened on September 15, 1861, as a Wesleyan Methodist Church on the Paris circuit. It is now part of the Drumbo Charge.
Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
39 Gissing St W, Princeton. The Princeton church, which was built in 1888, was a mission of St. Mary's until 1941 when it became Sacred Heart.
St. Paul's Anglican Church
4 Elgin St. E., Princeton. Built in 1867.
Mennonite Conference Church
967244 Oxford-Waterloo Rd. Built in 1901. Used only as a retreat centre.
Washington United Church
23 Washington Rd N. The original congregation was Methodist. Built in 1860.
Willis United Church
15 Centre St., Drumbo. Built in 1915. Named after Michael Willis, who was moderator of the Presbyterian Church in 1870.
Windfall United Church
806484 Oxford Road 29. The first church was a frame building and the congregation was of the United Brethren faith. In 1899 the frame building was torn down and the present brick building erected. It is believed that a $100 bill was placed in the corner stone. Regular services ceased in 1991. A memorial service and an anniversary service are held each year.
Drumbo Central Public School
32 Wilmot St. S. Drumbo. The school was built in 1946. Plaque - The Drumbo cenotaph is located on the school property.
Princeton Central Public School
40 Elgin St., Princeton. The school was built in September 1950.
Residents of note
- John English, Canadian historian and Member of Parliament
- Babe Siebert, Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
- Bill Swan, Canadian children's author