Why we love Sheffield…
Nestled right in between Hamilton and Cambridge on Old Highway 8 is the picturesque rural community of Sheffield. It sits right on the municipal boundary between Hamilton and Waterloo Regions.
Next time you’re spending the day with family at African Lion Safari, drive three kilometers South West and pay a visit to Sheffield. Here you can enjoy The Sheffield Museum of Rural Life, shoot a few holes at the golf course, relax at their day spa, or take in a baseball game at Sheffield Ball Park.
Sheffield was settled in the early 1800s by Rev. John A. Cornell from Dutchess County, New York. Named after the reverend, Sheffield was first called “The Cornell Settlement” until he himself changed the name to Sheffield upon establishing their first post office in 1832. In 1834, he and his congregation built a church there.
Now, most residents of the village work in nearby cities, but throughout its history the people of Sheffield worked mostly in agriculture.
Fun fact: In 1857 Sheffield had a population of 150 and the village consisted of a post office, general store, shoemaker, blacksmith, doctor, wagon maker, school, three churches and a hotel called “Sheffield House.”