Heritage

As depicted in our Crest, the Township of Norwich is proud to be "Historical, Agricultural and Beautiful".

Heritage Resources

The Norwich and District Museum and Archives is centered around an 1889 Quaker Meeting House with the Village of Norwich. The museum also features local history galleries, a working blacksmith shop, agricultural exhibit barns, and a restored 19th century farmhouse.

Otterville is the home of a 1845 grist mill that is still operational. The Mill is maintained by the South Norwich Historical Society. Other points of interest are the African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery which dates back to the underground railroad, the octogonal Woodlawn Centre (Oddy House), Grand Trunk Railway Station, Otterville Mill Classic Car Show and Autumn Art Studio Tour.

Ontario Heritage Trust

Ontario Heritage Act

Oxford County Archives website

Catherine McMullen Mann Scrapbooks- history of South Norwich

Historically Significant Properties

The Municipal Heritage Committee has started a recognition program to recognize buildings that are of historical significance within the township.


Heritage Plaques

2012 Heritage Plaques Presented
Gyori's Salt Box - 220 Main Street East, Otterville 
Cromwell / Davis House - Otterville
Clark / Mott House - former North Norwich
Service / Pitcher House -Norwich
Rettie / Gillam House - North Norwich
Pioneer Rooms - 714516 Middletown Line, Oxford Centre
2013 Heritage Plaques Presented
Jenvey / Smith House - Springford
Stover / Kelly House - Rock's Mills
Duncan / Driesse House - former North Norwich
Old Stage Coach House - Old Stage Road, former East Oxford
Arn-Lockie Funeral Home - 45 Main Street West, Norwich
Moore / Freeland House - 229 Main Street East, Otterville
Bullock / Furlong House - Otterville
Old Co-op Building - Norwich

Designated Properties

  • African Methodist Episcopal Cemetery
  • Curries United Church
  • Emigh, Stam House
  • Gilvesy House
  • Hall, Munro House
  • Hawtrey Beck Store
  • Innisfree Farmhouse
  • Knox Prespyterian Church
  • Moore, Chambers House
  • Museum School, Burgessville
  • Norwich Museum
  • Norwich United Church & Manse
  • Otter Creek Pony Truss Bridge
  • Otterville Mill
  • Otterville Park & Pavillion
  • Quaker Street North Norwich Pioneers Burying Ground Co
  • Grand Trunk Railway Station
  • Springford Store
  • Start Farmhouse
  • Sutton, Clark House
  • Woodlawn, Oddy House