Wellington County

by Fred Dahms

BOSTON MILLS PRESS | October 3, 2012 | Hardcover

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Regional history at its best.

One of Ontario's most beautifully pastoral counties exists just minutes from the urban sprawl of Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton. In this lively look at historic and modern Wellington County, resident author, photographer and geographer Fred Dahms examines how an ancient legacy of water and stone has shaped its many communities -- where and how they were built, their architecture and their degree of economic success.

The county's remarkable landforms and waterways include such popular destinations as Rockwood's caves and potholes, the Elora Gorge, North America's largest kettle lake at Puslinch and many more. Its cities, towns and villages boast thousands of charming 19th-century limestone homes and public buildings, as well as many historic mills.

The book pays particular attention to the "Royal City" of Guelph and the twin tourist towns of Elora and Fergus, but it also discusses the smaller villages and hamlets and the entire county's surprising wealth of artists and artisans.

Included are the following communities:

  • Aberfoyle
  • Aboyne
  • Arthur
  • Belwood
  • Clifford
  • Crieff
  • Drayton
  • Elora
  • Erin
  • Fergus
  • Guelph
  • Harriston
  • Hillsburgh
  • Minto
  • Morriston
  • Mount Forest
  • Orton
  • Palmerston
  • Puslinch
  • Rockwood
  • Salem

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8.75 × 11.25 × 0.75 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: BOSTON MILLS PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550465023

ISBN - 13: 9781550465020

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Wellington County

Wellington County

by Fred Dahms

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 8.75 × 11.25 × 0.75 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: BOSTON MILLS PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550465023

ISBN - 13: 9781550465020

About the Book

A well-illustrated regional history of Ontario's Wellington County, north and west of Toronto, by a local expert and resident. Dahms examines how the communities were shaped and pays particular attention to Guelph, Elora and Fergus.

From the Publisher

Regional history at its best.

One of Ontario's most beautifully pastoral counties exists just minutes from the urban sprawl of Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton. In this lively look at historic and modern Wellington County, resident author, photographer and geographer Fred Dahms examines how an ancient legacy of water and stone has shaped its many communities -- where and how they were built, their architecture and their degree of economic success.

The county's remarkable landforms and waterways include such popular destinations as Rockwood's caves and potholes, the Elora Gorge, North America's largest kettle lake at Puslinch and many more. Its cities, towns and villages boast thousands of charming 19th-century limestone homes and public buildings, as well as many historic mills.

The book pays particular attention to the "Royal City" of Guelph and the twin tourist towns of Elora and Fergus, but it also discusses the smaller villages and hamlets and the entire county's surprising wealth of artists and artisans.

Included are the following communities:

  • Aberfoyle
  • Aboyne
  • Arthur
  • Belwood
  • Clifford
  • Crieff
  • Drayton
  • Elora
  • Erin
  • Fergus
  • Guelph
  • Harriston
  • Hillsburgh
  • Minto
  • Morriston
  • Mount Forest
  • Orton
  • Palmerston
  • Puslinch
  • Rockwood
  • Salem

About the Author

Fred Dahms came to Wellington County in 1957, and in 1966 was a founding member of the University of Guelph's Geography Department. He has written extensively on urban geography, and his recent nonacademic books include Beautiful Ontario Towns and Picturesque Ontario Towns.

Fred Dahms

Editorial Reviews

This beautiful book is not just a pretty face for presenting the development and attractions of Wellington County. It is not just a travelogue or an album of stunning pictures, although it serves both functions very well indeed... What makes the book stand out...is the author's passion for the County and his strong concerns about its future in the force of development and environmental pressures... If you want a guide to tour a beautiful part of Ontario, or if you want a description of our rural and small town heritage, or if you want reasons to fight for the future of our towns and farms, you can read this book about Wellington County, Ontario's heartland.