Wellington County by Fred DahmsWellington County by Fred Dahms

Wellington County

byFred Dahms

Hardcover | October 3, 2012

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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
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
Title:Wellington CountyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.75 × 11.25 × 0.75 inPublished:October 3, 2012Publisher:BOSTON MILLS PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550465023

ISBN - 13:9781550465020


Editorial Reviews

Fred Dahms' interest and background in geography is evident throughout the readable text and abundance of lavish photographs in Wellington County. A founding member of the University of Guelph's Department of Geography, Damns' enthusiasm and appreciation for his subject is clear. Author of several non-academic books exploring the small communities and landscapes of Canada, Dahms' newest work is a treat for amateur historians and geographers, as well as residents of Wellington County or day-trippers searching for an afternoon's adventure.... Wellington County is both a visually beautiful book and an insightful one.... For amateur historians and geographers it is an excellent example of a well-researched book of local interest that is both readable and knowledgeable. It is especially of interest for those wishing to explore Wellington County for the first time, or local citizens looking to learn more about their own communities.