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Essex County Bus Trip

Past Dominion President Peter Johnson at the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of the Thames

by Ruth Nicholson UE

Each Branch was asked to celebrate 2014 in a special way to mark the 100th Anniversary of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. We are displaying a mighty banner over Main St. West, the week of Loyalist Day in Ontario and we are offering this special road trip to my home county so that you can see a part of southern Ontario you may never have visited before. It is rich in history: Native, British, French, Black and of course, Loyalist. I have prepared a trip that will highlight a variety of cultures as well as a special geography that is only a few hours drive from your home. Join me, as an Essex County’s native, in this fun and rich experience
Seating is limited.

The Tecumseh Battlefield

Friday July 25
The coach bus will depart from St. James United Church parking lot, 306 Parkside Dr., Waterdown at 7 a.m. We will visit the Fairfield Museum, The Tecumseh monument & Battlefield and Uncle Tom’s Cabin before we have lunch in Chatham at The Chilled Cork. The afternoon will be spent at Point Pelee National Park where we’ll visit The Interpretive Centre, take a trolley ride that lets us off on a 10 minute walk to The Point and finally go on the Marshland Trail. Supper will be at Ray’s Rib House, Kingsville.

Sleeping accommodations are at The King’s Hotel Inn & Suites and Adams Golden Acres Motel, in Kingsville.

Point Pelee Marshland Boardwalk & Tower

Saturday July 26
Breakfast is at the 50’s Diner at the Heritage Village followed by a tour of the village. We will stop at the John R. Park Homestead to see the area where the Battle of Lake Erie took place September 10 1813. On a clear day we can see the monument to this battle, across the lake, at Put-in-Bay Ohio. Next we visit the Hutchins’ home farm, owned by my brother-in-law Scott Wilkins. He will give us a tour of his new vineyard and planned winery for 2015. The local Farmers’ Market is a stone’s throw away and with it is the building that houses the International Doll Museum. Lunch will be right on the lake at ViewPoint Estate Winery, part of the Loyalists’ New Settlement. The afternoon will be spent at Fort Malden and the ten acre garden and parkland on the Detroit River called, The King’s Navy Yard. This was the shipyard for the War of 1812 in this area. Supper will be the Annual Fish Fry at the Amherstburg Legion and we will have an upper room to ourselves.

David Morris as Chief Tecumseh at 200th Anniversary of the
Battle of the Thames

The coach bus is expected to return to Waterdown by 10 p.m.

Included in this trip is the transportation, all the admissions & tours, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches and the final supper. You need only pay $20 for the meal at Ray’s Rib House & Ray tells me that this includes taxes and tip.

The cost of this trip is kept as low as possible at $220.00 double accommodation & $265 for a single accommodation per person. A down payment of $75.00 each is to be sent to Gloria Howard UE, 409 – 908 Mohawk Rd. E., Hamilton ON L8T 2R8.

Tickets are still available. All are welcome.

For more information, please contact:
Gloria Howard glohoward@shaw.ca
Ruth Nicholson ruth.nicholson@sympatico.ca

Tecumseh Poster War of 1812

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