Oxford Historical Society

Oxford County's Old Jail House<br /> Photo courtesy of Heritage Woodstock<br /> Taken by Eleanor Gardhouse

Oxford County’s Old Jail House
Photo courtesy of Heritage Woodstock
Taken by Eleanor Gardhouse

Welcome to the Oxford Historical Society.

Throughout the year the Society presents free talks, usually historical in nature, on a variety of topics. The majority of these presentations are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:45pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS. On this page you will see a listing of the newest presentations.  For a complete listing of upcoming talks and events please click on the Upcoming Events tab.

If you have a topic that you wish to present to the Oxford Historical Society (OxHS), please contact us at info@oxhsociety.ca

If you wish to volunteer or become a member of the OxHS please click on the following tabs: Volunteer or Membership.

Announcement: Director Wanted!

There is an opening for the position of Director on the Board of the Oxford Historical Society. If you are interested in becoming a Board member please contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca. The current Board will review all applications and will notify the chosen candidate. This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to learn more about the history of Woodstock and Oxford County and to gain valuable experience as a board member.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

For a scary Hallowe’en treat come an hear Adam Fawcett  discuss his book “Dark Cloud over Oxford”, the story of a deranged farmer butchering his family. This talk will be held at the Woodstock Museum, NHS beginning at 6:45pm.

Spirit of Christmas Home Tours on Saturday, November 26, 2016!

This year’s tour includes homes from 3 different centuries: 3 from the Victorian era, 1 from mid 20th. century, and 1 from the present century.

The homes are:
399 Drew St. (corner of Light St.) Home of Brenda & Brian Currah
209 Light St. Home of Tanya Thompson & Nelson Simard
329 Light St. Home of Susan & Dr. William George
668 Devonshire Ave. Home of Christine & Danny Finoro
447 Parrott Place Home of Vicky & Scott

Our sincere thanks goes to these homeowners for opening their homes so people can view the rooms they have decorated for Christmas.
Tickets can be purchased starting in mid October at Merrifield Book Shop, 471 Dundas St., Woodstock Museum, NHS and from the Oxford Historical Society Resource Centre, 82 Light St. Ticket price is $20.00.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday November 26, 2016 to staff the homes, either in the morning or in the afternoon, for shifts of approximately 3 hours. Each volunteer will be given a free ticket so they can tour the other homes. The sign up sheet is at the Resource Centre in the Govenor’s House. Or you can contact Kathie Richards by phoning 519-537-7743 or by emailing kathie @bell.net.
This has been a fun and successful event in the past, because of all the volunteers, so be sure to help out this year if you are able. Not able to staff a home? You can help by encouraging your friends to take the tour!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016:

Bert Taylor will present a talk on Joseph Whiteside Boyle’s activities during WWI. This will be the third talk in the series of the Oxford Historical Society’s WWI talks and will be presented at the Woodstock Museum, NHS beginning at 6:45pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards.