About the Society

Andrew Pattullo

Photo Courtesy of Woodstock Museum, NHS.

The Oxford Historical Society was founded in 1897 by Andrew Pattullo, (pictured on the right), in order to preserve and promote the history of Oxford County, in south-west Ontario by recording oral histories and interviews with knowledgeable Oxford County residents. For the past 100 years, the OxHS has worked to further public interest in the history of the county and to maintain records for future generations.

Andrew Pattullo was a local business man who came to Woodstock in 1875 as a junior partner of the Sentinel newspaper. In 1880 he bought out his brother’s interest in the Sentinel and merged it with the rival Review newspaper to form the Sentinel-Review, which is the current newspaper of Woodstock. He was the president of the Canadian Press Association from 1890 to 1892, the founder of the Ontario Good Roads Association and served as MPP for North Oxford in 1886, 1892 and 1902.

Maid of the Mist Fountain. Photo courtesy of Chris Packman

Maid of the Mist Fountain. Photo courtesy of Chris Packman

The Patullo fountain, known as the Maid of the Mist,  was erected in downtown Woodstock to commemorate his memory. The fountain was officially opened on May 29, 1917 and can still be seen today.

The Oxford Historical Society is here to:
Promote – the history of the people and places of Oxford County and Woodstock
Develop – brochures for walking tours of Woodstock, driving tours of Oxford County
Prepare – photographic exhibits of buildings and sites in Woodstock and Oxford County
Maintain – an archival collection of material about Woodstock and Oxford County
Assist – visitors and students researching local Oxford County history
Publish – a quarterly newsletter in January, April, July and October; books and brochures

The OxHS generally meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:45pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS.  At these meetings there is a guest speaker, who is knowledgeable about some aspect of the city, the county or of other historical areas. The speaker is followed by a refreshments and a chance for members to talk with one another. There are no meetings in February, June, July, August or December.

The Society arranges Christmas Home Tours, an annual outing, walking tours and participates in events with other local organizations, various trade shows and other events throughout the year. Please check the Upcoming Events tab to view the latest events.