Photo of cemetery
Cemetery entrance
©Jeri Danyleyko

Chesterfield was an early farming hamlet in Oxford County, first settled in the 1830s. By the 1840s, it has a store and Presbyterian church.They added a post office in 1851. It later grew to include a blacksmith, wagon-maker and school.

During the 1880s and 90s, Chesterfield was a thriving little hamlet with a population of around 150. Most of its businesses were agricultural in nature. They included a number of livestock breeders and dealers and of course a veterinarian.

Like many farming hamlets, Chesterfield began to decline in the early part of the 20th century. Improved roads and the advent of the automobile, enabled farmers to travel to larger centres that offered a wider range of services. As time marched on, Chesterfield slowly began to revert back to farmland.

One institution that remained active was the former Presbyterian Church, now known as the Chesterfield United Church. The church continues to hold regular services and maintains an exceptionally large and elaborate cemetery. The cemetery contains a number of World War I veterans as well as a striking cenotaph, built during the 1920s. In recognition of those who died while in service to their country, Remembrance Day services are held annually at the site. Learn more

How to get there

Chesterfield can be found on Oxford Rd. 22 and Township Road 13 in Oxford County, Blandford-Blenheim Township just south of Punkydoodles Corners (yup!). Township Road 13 runs into County Rd. 42.

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Nearby centre: Woodstock, 18 kilometres

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