January 8, 2020 - A new exhibit illustrating life in St. Thomas and Elgin County
in the 1870s opens January 22nd at the Elgin County Heritage Centre, 460 Sunset
Drive. The show features a detailed examination of the decade's principal architect
David Kilpatrick curated by local historian Paul Baldwin.
The 1870s saw tremendous growth in St. Thomas thanks to the arrival of the Canada
Southern and Great Western Railways which turned the sleepy village into a burgeoning
metropolis and put it on the road to becoming Canada's Railway Capital. Huge commercial
blocks, many of which still stand, bloomed along Talbot Street housing everything
from merchants, banks, and newspapers to a large number of fraternal societies.
Meanwhile, hundreds of farms across the county witnessed the beginnings of the mechanization
of agriculture. The demand for horse-drawn mowers, reapers, and binders saw the
growth of factories in nearly every major community across the province including
Join us for a presentation by Paul Baldwin on David Kilpatrick, architect, on Wednesday,
January 22nd at 7:30 pm. Elgin County Heritage Centre, 460 Sunset Drive, St. Thomas.
Co-sponsored by the Elgin Historical Society and Elgin County Museum
For more information call Ally at 519-631-1460 ext. 193.