Why we love Otterville…
Otterville is a historic gem nestled in Oxford County. The community was settled in 1807 by Quakers hailing from the United States. In 1829 Otterville welcomed free and escaped slaves to build new lives there. Otterville’s Black community found homes, and congregated at the Otterville African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was active into the 1880s. The church’s cemetery is preserved to this day, where a plaque commemorates the historical Black settlement.
The Otterville Mill, built in 1845, still stands proudly on Otter Creek and is maintained by the South Norwich Historical Society. Locals and visitors can enjoy tours of the historic site by request. The mill and surrounding meadow are also the site of an annual barbecue.
At the Grand Trunk Railway Station Museum and Blacksmith Shop visitors can see the 1875 station restored to the condition it was in 1881. Here history buffs will learn about railway construction in the 1880s, the Underground Railroad and early Black settlement, and about the area’s early Quaker heritage. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll through tall pines at Otterville Park. Bring the family to take advantage of their swimming pool, baseball diamond, tennis court and playground.
Fun fact: Felix Douma and Harold Innis, both accomplished scholars and writers, called Otterville home!