Chatham-Kent Waterfront Homes Along the Thames River
Chatham-Kent Waterfront Homes Along The Thames River
As late as the 1950's and the early 1960's Keil Dr. was considered the edge of the city of Chatham. There were farms and farm houses along Grande River Line ( North side)and others along Riverview Line ( South Side) on the shores of the Thames. Crops of corn, wheat or beans, vegetable such as tomatoes, beans and potatoes could be seen on both sides of the road heading west out of the city toward the mouth of the Thames River and Lighthouse Cove.
Today it is a very different landscape.Some time in 60's and early 70's farmers began to severe land along the River front for Building Lots. This began on the river side of the respective roads but eventually continued on the opposite side as well. New waterfront homes began to appear sporatically up and down the banks of the Thames River from Keil Dr. to the Prairie Siding Bridge appoximately 10 miles out. A couple of well known neighborhoods along the North River Road, Grande River Line are know as Westgate Subdivision with a cul-de-sac off the River Road offering some of the homes waterfront property ands others beautiful views of the River. Heading west there is another choice subdivison, Thames Valley Estates with a service road that runs parallel to the River Road called Rue Des Erables, very treed and has a row of beautiful homes along the water. Most have their own boat dock behind their houses and many Gazebos dot the shoreline to enjoy the sunsets and the scenes along the water. Crossing the Prairie Siding Bridge and returning to the city via the other River Road, Riverview Line, many wonderful new homes interspersed with the original farm houses can be seen along the water. As you get closer to town, the homes become larger with palatial estate grounds.
Interestingly there are still a few old Historical Homes along the Thames. One such Estate is the Colonel Wilcox Property on the Raleigh side of the River. A 200 acre parcel was presented to Colonel Wilcox by the Canadian Government back in the early 1800's In those days, Colonel Wilcox's home was one large cosy room with a big wood burning fireplace on the banks of the Thames River. It is said that the Indians used to pull up their canoes and sleep in front of that old iron fireplace in the big Country Kitchen. A part of our History! The original homestead still stands with an antique musket hanging over that fireplace and the original cast iron pot remains in its place bythe fireplace today. Can't you just imagine the scene all those years ago with Colonel Wilcox and the various tribe members sharing a meal. The Estate has undergone many renovations and today is a beautiful 5 bedroom family home on a spectacular treed lot just outside of the city.
Farmlands still abounds on the other sides of both River roads.It is certainly a beautiful drive in the heart of the summer when the crops are all healthy and growing in the fields,the lovely homes standing majestically on the banks of the river and the boats moving up and down the 19 miles to the mouth of the Thames River and Lake St. Clair.
Reader's Digest named the drive along the Thames River in Chatham-Kent as one of the Top 10 Best Canadian Road Trips and the story was featured on MSN Canada.
There is some building past the Praire Siding Bridge but it is mostly concentrated between the Prairie Siding and the Keil Dr. Bridges. School buses can be seen picking up children of all ages for one of the 3 High Schools, the French Immersion Schools or the Elementary Schools of the 2 Boards.
In more recent years, the east end of the Thames River, called River Line approx. 5 miles out has seen the addition of many beautiful new homes. Maple City Golf Course is located on this river road and the river lots have sold and construction taken place. Chatham has certainly expanded its waterfront living!
Come see for yourself what this beautiful community has to offer in housing, entertainment and affordable lifestyle. I am Wayne Liddy and have been in the Real Estate Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chaham-Kent. I was born and raised in Chatham, Deeply Rooted in Chatham-Kent and can show you why I believes this is the area to Live, Work and Raise a Family! Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage today and let me show you what Chatham-Kent has for you.
CK Shrewsbury Ribs and Blues Festival This Sat. July 29 from 3-10 P.M.
If you do not have plans yet for the weekend, grab your lawn chair and head out to the little hamlet of Shrewsbury this Saturday July 29 and enjoy some great music and food from 3-8 P.M. I believe this is the 3rd year for this Annual Summer Music Festival and although I have not had the pleasure of attending, I have heard it is a great time.
In 1860 a school was constructed in Shrewsbury thanks largely to the passion for education of Addison Smith, an escaped slave himself who believed that education was the solution to the problems of former slaves. The one room Schooolhouse, SS13 was the first integrated school and the first teacher was Mrs. Emiline Shadd. The Shadd Family had escapedfrom the United States and established in the Buxton Settlement. For a hundred years the one room Schoolhouse, SS13 served many generations until the early 1960's when it, like many others of its kind was decommissioned. Today it serves as a Community Centre for the residents of Shrewsbury and Raglan Community which are closely related.
Events like the Ribs and Blues Festival held each year provide funds to maintain and improve the Community Centre and preserve our Heritage. Chatham-Kent has many Historical Sites within our Municipality and visitors come her each year to celebrate our Canadian Heritage.
The organizers of this years event have assembled quite a line-up.At 3 P.M. the music will start with Veteran Musicians Paul Langille and Tom Lockwood who performed as a duo last July for this event for the first time.They have accomplished a lot in one short year due to their enormous combined talent. They performed at the Semi Finals of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis earlier this year.
They will be followed by Robb Sharp and Litl Chicago, Moondog Howlers, Blackburn and the Final Act at 8:45 P.M. -10 P.M., Monkey Junk. These talented groups are all very accomplished Blues Artists, each bringing their own individual flavor to the mix. Read more about each group and the schedule of events on the website and make plans to attend.
This Chatham- Kent Festival is just another of the many Events taking place in Chatham-Kent, The Affordable Lifestyle Location. Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice properties for sale in this great community. Call me Wayne Liddy, 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. serving the residents of Chatham-Kent for over 30 years in the Real Estate Industry.
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