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The Founding of Dresden

The Founding of Dresden

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

The Founding of Dresden

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
In Dresden, on the south wall of a building
at the northeast corner of
St. George Street (Road 21) and Main Street

Coordinates: N 42 35.414 W 82 10.763


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Plaque Text

In 1846 Daniel van Allen, a Chatham merchant, laid out a town plot on land purchased from Jared Lindsley, the first settler (1825) on the site of Dresden. By 1849 the erection of a steam sawmill, and the operation of a grist-mill in the neighbouring Dawn Institute Settlement founded by Josiah Henson, provided the basis for a thriving community in this area. A post office named "Dresden" was opened in 1854. The region's timber resources and the navigation facilities afforded by the Sydenham River fostered industrial growth. A county by-law of 1871 incorporated Dresden as a village with a population of about 750. Ten years later it became a town.

Related Ontario plaques
The Dawn Settlement
Josiah Henson (1789-1883)



Black History

Other Plaques in Dresden
The Dawn Settlement
First Regular Baptist Church, Dresden
Hugh Burnett and the National Unity Association
Josiah Henson (1789-1883)

Chatham-Kent Plaques

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Posted January 1, 2015
I am researching a paper on No. 2 Canadian Construction Company during World War One. An intriguing member is James Huston Wales who gave his occupation on enlistment as 'minister' at Dresden, Ontario and described his affiliation as 'Apostolic'. Pastor Wales had previously served for almost five years in the 25th Infantry, US Army, one of the so-called Buffalo regiments, segregated units. Should anyone be able to provide any data on Private Wales I would be most grateful.
Gordon Douglas Pollock, MA, PhD dorothy.pollock@icloud.com

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