Posts Tagged ‘Wellesley Township’
Click on the photo for a map of this community.
Many Old Order Colony Mennonites left western Canada early in the 20th century to settle in Mexico. Today a few thousand of them live in Mexico’s northern states, particularly Chihuahua and Durango. Some have returned to Southern Ontario including Waterloo Region and this congregation meets in the hamlet of Crosshill, Wellesley Township. (map) You can read more about Old Colony Mennonites at the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO) website.
…One of the sites from Wellesley, the Nith River Chop House, taken at The Apple Butter and Cheese Festival (see previous post).
Last Saturday I ended up in Wellesley – it was the Apple Butter and Cheese Festival. Missed the pancakes (yep, it was that busy!), but, I managed to have an apple dumpling…and a sample of Wellesley’s Apple Cider. Delish. Also enjoyed the market they had at the Arena close by.
One more picture is coming for tomorrow….
Wellesley Village is located in the northwest corner of the Region of Waterloo nestled among the rolling hillsides, farms and settlements. The village was first known as Smithville, named for John Smith who developed a dam site creating the picturesque Wellesley Pond in the Albert Erb Conservation Area. The village boundaries were surveyed in 1855 and eventually renamed Wellesley for the eldest brother of the Duke of Wellington, Richard Wellesley. (source)
If you drive along Ament Line between Linwood and Hawkesville, you will see several signs like this.
This Old Order Mennonite meetinghouse is just outside the town of Linwood. Here is information about the congregation from the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online.
The meetinghouse was built in 1962, with an addition to the west end of the building constructed in 1987. In 1982, the meetinghouse received a new roof and chimney, and in 2001 it again received a new roof as well as a new outhouse and shed.
When the Weaverland meetinghouse was built in 1976, approximately 5 km north of Linwood, some families from the Linwood district joined this congregation. Old Order Mennonites automatically “belong to” the congregation whose meetinghouse is closest to their home. No official membership transfer takes place from the former location.
By 2002 the Linwood district had grown large enough to be divided into East and West districts. At this time, there were around 74 families in the district. An accurate count of members is not always available because Old Order Mennonites think of themselves as members of the church at large and not just the immediate congregation. The Old Order also do not see the quantity of members as indicative of the congregation’s importance.
The Linwood congregation has held regular signing for the deaf since 1981.”