The town of Tillsonburg itself is rich with history and nostalgic tidbits hiding around every corner. Settled around the town you'll find original building structures still standing dating back to the 1800's. Most of the historical buildings go unnoticed as they are nestled and integrated into the modern developments of the town. Many have been renovated to operate businesses or house residents. A few special locations, such as those built buy the town's founder E.D. Tilson, that have been preserved in their prime and are converted into museums or at the least, still maintain the majority of their original, antique elements.
All nature is historic in it's longevity, but Tillsonburg is proud to share their town with the wildlife and the trees that made this land home before we did. Some trees in town are aged over 100 years old and still stand.
"I've heard [an age] range," said Rick Cox, Director of Recreation, Culture and Parks in Tillsonburg. "We don't know for sure but we're guessing closer to 200 than 150, and maybe even greater than 200. So definitely older than Canada and older than the town, but we're not sure exactly. Certainly one of the oldest on our public lands... and they are both similar age."
Historic photographs from local photographers prove the lengthy presence of some trees in town. Many are located by Tillsonburg's man-made lake, created in 1852, previously known as Hardy's Mill Pond, before being renamed in the 1870's.
For those who seek the quiet origins of a town humming with historical echoes, this is an interesting and humble place to take a tour.
Tillsonburg hides it's age well, but if you're looking for it you'll spot the signs of age around this small town. Much like the crow's feet and laugh lines on aged skin, you will see the signs of a life lived well.
Information sourced from Tillsonburg News Article