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Essex To Launch Heritage Plaque Program

Monday August 15th, 2016, 7:29pm

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The Essex Municipal Heritage Committee is launching a new Heritage Plaque Program with a special unveiling ceremony to be held at the Tofflemire Snider Cemetery on County Road 50 East on Thursday, August 25th at 2pm.

As the most recent historic property to be formally designated by Council under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), the Tofflemire Snider Cemetery is an important piece of our local history. Some of Essex County’s earliest pioneers – including Tofflemire, Snider, Beeman, Buchanan and Brush ancestors – are interred in the cemetery located at 872 County Road 50 East, just west of John R. Park Homestead. The cemetery was officially designated by Council on January 18, 2016.

Deputy Mayor Richard Meloche, chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee, says the bronze designation plaque will be the first plaque unveiled for a historic site in the Town of Essex.

“The Heritage Committee has developed the Essex Heritage Plaque Program to broaden public knowledge about historical and cultural resources within the municipality,” says Meloche.

In addition to bronze designation plaques, the committee expects to unveil the Town’s first interpretive plaque later this fall. Under the program, bronze plaques will be used to recognize a public or private site of historical significance that has been designated by by-law under the OHA. Larger interpretive plaques will be used to recognize sites that have historical, cultural and/or social significance to the community but are not designated under the OHA.

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