Wikipedia claims that there are 112 communities in Chatham-Kent. I expect that newcomers to the Municipality will not have heard of most of them. I expect that more than a few people who have lived here all their lives will not have heard of at least a few of them.
Hands up if you have heard of Appledore. Electric? Oungah? Palmyra? Porkies Corners? Slabtown? Sleepy Hollow? Thumblick?
Of the 112 communities, only 19 have their own Wikipedia articles. I’d like to know a little more about some of the unmentioned 93.
What dreamer, I wonder, named their community after the ancient city of Palmyra, located in what is now Syria? That city grew wealthy from trade caravans in the third century BC. Perhaps the namer of the C-K Palmyra hoped a little of the old would rub off on the new.
Appledore ― what a charming name. Google has no mention of the Appledore in C-K, but tells of the village of Appledore on the River Torridge in the English county of Devon. The village was famous as a port during the first Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
Electric! Did the first inhabitants think their tiny settlement would become the most exciting, innovative place in Southwestern Ontario ― or further? Why not? All metropolises start small.
Was the namer of Sleepy Hollow fond of Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which features a Headless Horseman ― or had the namer seen a similar C-K apparition?
There is a map on the wall on the main floor of the Chatham Branch of the Chatham-Kent public Library that shows the location of many of the communities. Have the other C-K libraries copies, I wonder.
If you have information about any of the unmentioned-by-Wikipedia communities, please share it in a comment. Add links to the information, if you like. Thank you.
The complete list is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chatham-Kent#Communities.
Note: I made up Thumblick.
~ Clair Culliford