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Ingersoll

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Thames Street in Ingersoll, Ontario

Ingersoll is a town in southwestern Ontario, Canada, southwest of Toronto between Woodstock and London.

Understand[edit]

The town is named after its first European settler Thomas Ingersoll, who was the father of Laura Secord, a Canadian war hero of the War of 1812. Ingersoll arrived in 1795. The Town of Ingersoll was a destination for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad.

History[edit]

Ingersoll’s founder, Thomas Ingersoll (1751–1812), was a native of Massachusetts who moved to the Niagara District of Upper Canada in 1795. In 1793 he received a grant 1200 acres, which became the site of the community of Ingersoll. He established a farm for his family and settled other families nearby. Thomas's eldest child, Laura Secord, was a heroine of the War of 1812.

Ingersoll became Oxford County’s principal industrial centre with the Noxon Brothers and the Eastwood foundry, both manufacturers of agricultural implements. By the 1860s, dairying was an emerging industry, sparked farm-wife production of cheese and butter, and then by the introduction of the factory system of cheese production in 1864. In 1866, to promote Ingersoll cheese as a high-quality, standardized brand, a cheese producer, James Harris, and local businessmen produced a 7,300-pound mammoth cheese, exhibited it at the New York State Fair in Saratoga, and then exported it to England.

Get in[edit]

The nearest airport with local flights is in London (Ontario), and the nearest major airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport, which is 140 km away.

By car[edit]

  • Ingersoll is about 156 km southwest of '''Toronto''' along the Gardiner Expressway/Queen Elizabeth Way/Highway 403 to exit 218 then north on County Road 119/Harris St.
  • It is 215 km northeast of Windsor. From Hwy 401, exit 218, then north on County Road 119/Harris St.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound Canada. Service from Toronto twice daily, 3 hr 21 min. $19-50.

By train[edit]

  • VIA Rail. From Toronto, twice daily, 1 hr 47 min. One-way fare: $29 advance purchase, $49 economy. From Windsor, twice daily, 2 hr 20 min. One-way fare: $33 advance purchase, $67 economy.

Get around[edit]

  • Old Time Taxi, +1 519-425-0110
  • Ingersoll Taxi & Delivery Service, +1 519-485-6071

See[edit]

Ingersoll Cheese Factory museum inside
  • 1 Ingersoll Cheese Museum, 290 Harris Street, +1 519-485-5510. The cheese capital of Oxford county. The museum brings the history of Ingersoll to life through engaging displays and demonstrations. The volunteers that give guided tours are very passionate and knowledgable. free, $3 per person for guided tours.
  • Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts, 88 Thames Street South, +1 519-485-3070. A volunteer, non-professional community theatre company.

Do[edit]

  • Leaping Deer Adventure Farm & Market, 544212 Clarke Road (just off Highway 401, Exit 222; follow Oxford #6 north to first intersection (Clarke Road) and turn left; it is the first farm on your left.), +1 519-485-4795. Family activities. 10-acre corn maze, wagon ride, discovery barn, mini-golf, country store, bakery/cafe. Many activities (e.g. corn maze) are open only Aug-Oct. The store, bakery and cafe are open Apr-Dec. Hours vary. $8.50-15 per person, children 2 and under free.
  • Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre, 125 Centennial Lane, +1 519-485-4691. Regular Hours: M-F 9AM-noon & 1PM-4PM, Su 1PM–4 PM. Classes, exhibitions, shop. Painting, quilting, fibre arts, pottery, and rughooking.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Elm Hurst Inn & Country Spa, 415 Harris Street, +1 519-485-5321, toll-free: +1-800-561-5321. M-Sa 7AM-9PM, Su 10:30AM-2PM and 4PM-8:30PM. Fantastic Sunday brunch.
  • 2 Dino's Grillhouse, 15 King Street West, +1 519-425-0937. M-Th 8AM-9PM, F Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 9AM-2PM. A great setting, fine food, particularly the chicken fingers. It's in the core area of the town.
  • Louie's Pizza & Pasta, 440 Bell St., +1 519 485-4441. Su 8AM-10PM, M-Th 7AM-10PM, F Sa 7AM-11PM. Large portions, great food and service. You won't leave hungry! Salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, wings, nachos, quesadillas, pastas, chicken, steaks, seafood, panzerottis, and pizza. $5-25.
  • Mango Salad, 92 Thames S, +1 519-425-1188. M-F 11AM-2:30PM and 4PM-9PM, Sa Su 4PM-9PM. Thai cuisine. Lunch combos $10, mains $12-18.
  • Miss Ingersoll Family Restaurant, 105 Thames Street South, +1 519-303-2262, . Daily 7AM-8PM. Home-style cooking from Shepherd's Pie to Baby Beef Liver -- made fresh, from scratch. Breakfast special starting at $4.95.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Jet Set Motel, 334109 Hwy 19 South, +1 519-485-0539. TV, phone, beds, 3pc bathroom, internet access. Very reasonable rates.
  • Comfort Inn, 20 Samnah Cres, +1 519-425-1100. Free hot breakfast, smoke-free, pet-friendly, fitness centre, business centre. From $95.

Go next[edit]

Stratford, Ontario, a picturesque town that hosts the world-famous Stratford Shakespeare Festival, is about a 30-minute drive north of Ingersoll.

London, Ontario, is a 30-minute drive west of Ingersoll.

Routes through Ingersoll
WindsorLondon  W VIA Rail Windsor Toronto icon.png E  WoodstockToronto
WindsorLondon  W Ontario 401.svg E  WoodstockToronto
Becomes Oxford 119  N Ontario 19.svg S  TillsonburgEND


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