Why we love Scotland…
Scotland, named after the home country of many of its first settlers, is a great place to stop on your way to Lake Erie for a bite to eat and to breathe in some Canadian history.
Many of Scotland’s first community pillars were established between 1830 and 1860. The village got its first hotel in 1830, its first store in 1836, its first saw mill in 1848, its first post office in 1855 and its first grist mill in 1861. Back then, the water from Malcolm’s Creek was enough to power major industries like the woolen mill, grist mill, tannery and foundry.
On a drive through Scotland today, you can see the plaque placed to commemorate Dr. Charles Duncombe at the corner of Talbot and Simcoe St. He was not only a well respected politician and physician but he famously lead the rebellion in 1837. From there, continue to 27 Talbot St. where you can see a house built in 1891, and then head to 10 Church St. to see the historic Scotland United Church, built in 1850.
Scotland’s Optimist Park, offers beautiful gardens designed to attract butterflies as well as a children’s playground. If you’re looking for a meal, locals love a slice of pizza from the Scotland Food Market or fish & chips at The Field House Restaurant.
Fun fact: The Scotland Amateur Journal Mayhap, Scotland’s first weekly newspaper was in production from 1882-85. Its successor, the Scotland Sun ran from 1892-94.