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Heritage Week

Heritage Week Web BannerEssex Rail Car Explosion, 2017

Each February, Ontarians are invited to participate in Heritage Week, an annual celebration of heritage in all its forms.

Heritage Week raises awareness of heritage resources and issues within  communities. Heritage Week also recognizes organizations, residents, and volunteers who work to protect Ontario's unique heritage resources.

In 2019, the Town of Essex will celebrate Heritage Week from February 18-22. This year's theme is "The Tie That Binds Us."

Residents of all ages are invited to join Council as they present the Youth Community Heritage Preservation Award and Community Heritage Preservation Award on Tuesday February 19 at 6pm at the Essex Civic Centre (360 Fairview Avenue W) to two local heritage organization groups and three local area high school students. Residents of all ages are also encouraged to independently explore our many designated heritage places and spaces.

Heritage Week Itinerary

Heritage Week Speaker: Ken Hunter

Over the years, Ken Hunter, a local farmer, has unearthed many native American artifacts while tilling the soil. All are welcome to listen to Ken share his memories and view the artifacts on Thursday February 21 at 1:30pm at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre located at 243 McAfee Street in Harrow.

This event is being held by the Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society (HEIRS) and sponsored by the Essex Municipal Heritage Committee (EMHC) in recognition of Heritage Week 2019.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Donations to HEIRS are welcome.

Take the Heritage Week Quiz

Test your local heritage knowledge with this brain-busting quiz!

Take the quiz now OR check out our Facebook page throughout the week for potential answers!

Top performers will be automatically entered into a draw for one of two copies of the Colchester 225th Anniversary book.

For Parents and Teachers

Add some colour to our history with your child or class by downloading a free copy of our Local History Colouring Book.

For Residents of all Ages

Learn more about our local history and the organizations that support it.

Learn more about the merits of heritage designation.

Discover our full inventory of listed and designated properties.

Read interesting facts about the hamlet of Colchester by downloading a free copy of Colchester 225: 150 Interesting Facts.

For Owners of Listed or Heritage Designated Properties

Explore how the Town of Essex can assist you financially with essential repairs and renovations by reviewing our Heritage Grant Program or Community Improvement Plan Program.

Discover how the Town can assist in getting the unique history of your property in print by reviewing our Heritage Plaque Program.