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Township of Blandford-Blenheim
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Blandford-Blenheim is located in Southern Ontario
Coordinates: 43°14′N 80°36′W / 43.233°N 80.600°W / 43.233; -80.600
WASHINGTON ONTARIO Latitude and Longitude:

43°14′N 80°36′W / 43.233°N 80.600°W / 43.233; -80.600
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
County Oxford
 • MayorMark Peterson
 • Federal riding Oxford
 • Prov. riding Oxford
 • Land382.28 km2 (147.60 sq mi)
(2011) [1]
 • Total7,359
 • Density19.3/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-5 ( Eastern Standard Time (EST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-4 ( Eastern Daylight Time (EDT))
Postal Code
Area code(s) 519 and 226

Blandford-Blenheim is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in Oxford County. The township had a population of 7,359 in the Canada 2011 Census.

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. [2]

The township was amalgamated in 1975 from two historic county townships, Blandford and Blenheim. [3]



The town of Blandford-Blenheim comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities such as Blandford, Blandford Station, Blink Bonnie, Bond's Corners, Bright, Canning, Chesterfield, Creditville, Drumbo, Eastwood, Etonia, Forest Estates, Gobles, Maple Lake Park, Park Haven, Perry's Corners, Plattsville, Princeton, Ratho, Richwood, Showers Corners, Washington, Windfall and Wolverton.


Population trend: [4]

  • 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

Chesney Wilderness

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.


Historical events

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.

Historical landmarks

Drumbo Museum

42 Centre St, Drumbo. Located in the former Wolverton Railway Station which was relocated to the Drumbo Agricultural Fairgrounds.

Wolverton Hall

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

Blandford School

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.

Mudge Hollow

Canning. Located on Township Road 3 east of the Canning Road, Canning was originally known as Mudge Hollow.

Historical cemeteries

Anglican Cemetery

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.

Brethren Cemetery

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.

Caledon Cemetery

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.

Canning Cemetery

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.

Drumbo Cemetery

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.

Mennonite 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.

Pioneer Cemetery

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.

Plattsville Cemetery

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.

Princeton Cemetery

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.

Richwood Cemetery

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.

Riverside Cemetery

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.

Washington Cemetery

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.

Windfall Cemetery

806484 Oxford Road 29. It is part of the Windfall United Church property. A plaque marks the historic hamlet of Windfall.

Wolverton Cemetery

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.

Historical churches

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.

Historical schools

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

See also


  1. ^ a b "Blandford-Blenheim census profile". 2011 Census of Population. Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census

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