HISTORIC SITES IN WINDSOR, ON

Historic Sites in Windsor ON – As you may recall on the Windsor, ON resource page, I mentioned how Windsor not only has many sightseeing opportunities but also that Windsor ON has a deep history and many historic sites which are worth visiting. Below you will find some of Gauthier Roofing and Siding favourite historical places to visit in and around the Windsor area. 

Make sure if you’re in the Great Windsor area, you set some time aside to experience some of the stunning history which Windsor, ON promises.

As a larger metropolitan area with a vast surrounding region, many of the sites are in different areas of the city. Therefore, make plans in advance, allowing you to make the most of your time in Windsor. This planning will ensure you have the time to see the sites, monuments, and experience the history of Windsor, ON, that is most important to you. 

EXPLORE WINDSOR, ON AND IT’S HISTORY

Depending on whether you live in Windsor, you’re visiting, or planning a visit in the future is going to determine what you want to see and where you want to go. 

Even as the preferred choice when someone searches for “roofing companies Windsor,” we still try to make time to get out and to explore the area, learn more about the many historic sites and discover new places to visit and to share with our friends here.

Furthermore, if history or historic sites aren’t your “cup of tea,” don’t worry, we’ve still got something for you. You can learn more about those on our things to do in Windsor page. 

But let’s get into our favourite historic sites to visit in Windsor ON.

OUR FAVORITE HISTORIC SITES IN WINDSOR, ON

Here are some of the top choices for Historic Sites in Windsor and the surrounding area from the team at Gauthier Roofing and Siding Windsor. 

The Canadian Historical Aircraft Association

Located at the Windsor International Airport at the west end of the grounds at #104 – 2600 Airport Rd, Windsor, Ontario. The hangar is open all year round and is the permanent home of a Lancaster bomber, a Mosquito KB161, a Stearman, Chipmunk, a T-33 and more.

The Association maintains the fleet of completely flyable historic aircraft. Also, all the aircraft maintenance is completed by volunteer pilots who also accompany the aircraft to various air shows. If you’re in Windsor, be sure to experience this fantastic piece of our history.

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church

This Roman Catholic Church was established by a Jesuit Missionary in 1728 and was initially named “The Mission of Our Lady of the Assumptions among the Hurons of Detroit.” At present day, it remains one of the oldest continuous Roman Catholic parishes in all of Canada.

Unfortunately, due to the need for excessive renovations with a price tag of approximately $15 million, it was closed several years ago to allow for a four-phase renovation process. In 2020 we are entering phase two of this renovation process, which will focus on the ceiling of the church.

Even though you may not be able to take a tour, if you’re a fan of historic architecture, it’s worth going and having a look at this incredible piece of history. The surrounding area is beautiful to experience in all seasons and offers some great opportunities for photography. The church is located at 350 Huron Church Rd in Windsor ON.

Fort Malden National Historic Site

Widely known as the place where the historical introduction and meeting of Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief of Tecumseh. Fort Malden was also the British stronghold during the War of 1812 on the Detroit frontier.

Furthermore, the Fort was occupied during the rebellions of 1837-1838. The Fort has the recognition of being the location which held the most prolonged American occupation in all of Canada. If you’re a war or history buff, you’ll love this historic place. Located in Amherstburg Ontario, visiting Fort Malden will provide a unique look into the early history of Canada and it’s military.

Willistead Manor

The Willistead Manor is a stunning historic Tudor house located in the area formerly known as Walkerville, ON. However, this area has now been amalgamated into Windsor ON. The home was commissioned by and built for Edward Chandler Walker, who is the second son of Hiram Walker. The same Hiram Walker, who is known to many as the founder of Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery in Windsor ON. The same distillery responsible for producing the widely known Canadian Club whiskey.

Following the death of Edward Walker in 1915, his wife decided she no longer wanted to live in the house alone. She ultimately donated the deed to the home to the Town of Walkerville. Over the years, it has been used for many purposes. These include the Walkerville Town Hall, a public library, and even the Art Gallery of Windsor. At this present day, the home has a variety of vendors and those looking for a unique location rent the house for weddings, corporate events, or other important occasions. The Willistead Manor is a favorite of Windsor ON residents, especially around the holiday season. The reason being, the spectacular Christmas decorating they do around the property. The Willistead Manor is a great place to visit if you’re in the area.

Windsor Armouries

The Windsor Armouries is a romanesque two-storey building made of red brick with a three-story tower. Designed by David Ewart between 1899-1900, with the construction of the building following soon after from January 1900 through to January 1902. Located at 353 Freedom Way in downtown Windsor Ontario, the structure gained recognition as a historical site on November 27th, 1999.

The Armory is a site that holds a lot of pride for residents throughout the county. It was initially built as a permanent solution to replace the many wooden barracks located throughout the area.

The building housed the Twenty-first Regiment of Essex County, the renowned Essex Scottish regiment, with the Essex and Kent Scottish regiment occupying it after. The Armory was officially renamed in 1994 to The Major F.A Tilston VC Armoury. Upon full vacancy in 2004, the property and building transferred to the ownership of the City of Windsor.

WINDSOR, ON HISTORIC SITES – CONCLUSION

Windsor ON has everything one could ask for you. Regardless of whether you currently reside in Windsor, you’re presently visiting for work or pleasure, or even if you’re considering relocating to Windsor ON. Windsor has everything you could ever want from a city plus more. 

Let me remind you, though, as I said at the beginning, these are only some of our favourite historic sites in Windsor ON and are by no means a complete or comprehensive list of all the Windsor historical sites there are. 

If you have time, I highly recommend you go out and explore for yourself and find some of the sites we haven’t even discovered or explored. 

If you do, and you find other cool things to do in Windsor, ON, make sure you share it with us so we can make it available on the Windsor ON resources section of our site. 

We hope you enjoy our top choices from Gauthier Roofing and Siding Windsor ON

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