Why we love Norwich…
Norwich was settled in the early 1800s and became one of the most successful Quaker settlements in Upper Canada. These families were said to have brought a large number of dairy cows with them and by the 1840s excelled, winning butter and cheese-making prizes at province-wide agricultural fairs for their handy work. In the 1860s, Norwich farmers became the first to adopt the American factory approach to cheese-making, one farmer even gaining international acclaim in 1865 for producing 4,000 pounds of cheese.
The first mill in Norwich was built in 1807 and there were many more to follow. The Otterville Mill, which was built in 1845, still stands today and is lovingly maintained by the South Norwich Historical Society. They also provide tours by request.
Farmers throughout the community make a living largely on corn, soybean, and wheat. In the North, many farmers also have dairy cows and, in the South, they grow tobacco, vegetables and ginseng.
Visitors can enjoy a tour of The Norwich and District Museum, one of Ontario’s longest operating rural life museums, housed inside the original meeting house that was built in 1889. Not a history buff? Make a stop at Dillon Park during the fastball season on Thursday and Sunday nights to catch a Norwich Tigers home game.
Fun fact: Unlike England’s Norwich, pronounced NOOR-ij, Norwich, Ontario is pronounced just like it’s spelled, NOOR-wich.