TDHS General Meeting – Monday, February 26, 2024 @ 7pm!

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please see this guest post from the Tillsonburg & District Historical Society (TDHS):

The TDHS’s next General Meeting will be Monday, February 26th at 7pm at Annandale House NHS.

To learn more abut TDHS our February issue of The Society Pages is available for download!

If you have an event, pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at

Annandale NHS’s Fall/Winter Programs

Annandale NHS

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Please see this guest post from Annandale NHS.

Upcoming events include:

Cemetery Walking Tour of the graves of Tillsonburg’s first Mayor and Council
A Tillsonburg 150 Event

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 OR Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Cost: By Donation
Meeting Place: Cemetery Office
Come visit the Tillsonburg Cemetery and take a guided walking tour of the graves of Tillsonburg’s first Mayor and Councilors.

“Wade into Tea” Tea Party with the Curator
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Cost: $20 plus taxes
Enjoy tea and pie while learning about the history of the Red Rose Tea Company’s Wade tea figurines promotional campaign. Take a Wade Figurine home as a gift.

Tillsonburg 150 Event: Luncheon with John Armstrong: Past Mayor of Tillsonburg
Friday, October 21st, 2022
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax
A delicious luncheon followed by an interesting talk by former Mayor John Armstrong, as he discusses his time as the Mayor of Tillsonburg with emphasis on the downtown Tillsonburg Redevelopment Project.


“Annandale NHS and Oxford Creative Connections Inc. Present: Small Wonders Art Show & Sale”
September 12th through October 28th, 2022
Looking for a unique, small holiday gifts, come and visit OCCI’s “Small Wonders Art Show and Sale” located at the Pratt Gallery at Annandale NHS. All pieces of art are no larger than 12 by 14 inches! Plus, 20% of the sales go to the Annandale House Trust!

To register for these events contact Annandale NHS. For further information about their upcoming programs download the attached Fall/Winter 2022 Programming Guide.

Annandale NHS Virtual Lunch & Learn

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Please see the guest post from the Annandale NHS:

Introducing Virtual Lunch and Learn 2021: March Edition!

On March 31st, 2021, Joan Weston will be presenting Virtually “All Aboard! The Continuing Story of Tillsonburg’s Railroad History” from Annandale National Historic Site.

Cost:  $20.00 per ticket. (With Taxes $22.60)
Includes: Voucher for Lunch from Enchanted Eats Café and a Party Favour
Lunch Option A: Chicken Caesar Wrap
Lunch Option B: Roast Beef Delight with Cream Cheese Horseradish
Both options come with an Orange Delight Salad and Dessert

How it works:

Contact Kathleen at to sign up and let me know what Lunch Option you would like

Set-up a time with Kathleen to come and pick-up your lunch voucher and party favour at Annandale National Historic Site

Pick Up Times are by appointment on:

  • Thursday, March 25th – 10am-4pm
  • Friday, March 26th – 10am- 4pm
  • Monday, March 29th – 10am- 4pm
  • Tuesday March 30th– 10am- 4pm

Then pick-up your lunch from Enchanted Eats Café between 11:30 and 1pm on Wednesday, March 31st; log on to the web (using the link provided by Kathleen) from 1pm to 2pm and listen to Joan speak about Tillsonburg’s Railway History!

An Ornamental Christmas!

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This guest post is provided by Kathleen Watkins, the Culture & Heritage Program Coordinator for the Annandale National Historic Site in Tillsonburg, ON.

1950’s Etched Christmas Balls

This year, in celebration of Christmas, the Pratt Gallery created a virtual school program “An Ornamental Christmas” highlighting the history of Christmas ornaments.

Here is the link for their YouTube video: An Ornamental Christmas

Pictured on the left is a reproduction of a 1900 European Christmas ornament.