| NAME: RODGERVILLE
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring summer or fall
REMAINS: Today, along Rodgerville’s once busy main street, a mere three original buildings still stand.
| Matthew Rodger was one of the first settlers
to arrive in the Queen’s Bush in the early 1830s. He started the small
hamlet along the London and Goderich road that developed into a busy town
of over a hundred inhabitants. Rodger first built a double house, part serving
as a hotel and part as a general store. He added a blacksmith shop and carriage
works. A few years later he opened a brickyard that employed 22 men, a large
enterprise for the time. In 1870 a cheese factory opened exporting as far
as Scotland and Germany. In 1871, the main street was lined with two hotels,
two stores, three blacksmiths, two shoemakers, a butcher, cooper and wagon
maker among others. But the railroad was soon to claim another victim. When
the London Huron and Bruce Railway located a station at Hensall rather than
a Rodgerville, the town began its demise.