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Woodstock History, Ontario


Woodstock is a city of Oxford County and it is situated in the southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is located 128 KM away from Toronto on the banks of the historic Thames River. Woodstock is also known as a “friendly city”.

In 1792, Sir John Graves laid plan for the development of the interior Canada. After he became the Governor, he planned a series of town sites linked with each other by rivers, canals and military roads.

Woodstock was settled in 1800 and Zacharius Burtch was the first settler in this city. Rear Admiral Henry Vansittart was the founder of this city. He formed a college in 1834.

The incorporation of Woodstock as a city led to major conflicts. The councilors believed that the growth of the city would be uncontrollable after it got the status of being a city. The councils argued that long establishment and planned management is required to manage the lightening and water system of the area.

The early settlers in Woodstock were immigrants from New York, USA. Woodstock features century old homes, parklands, natural landscapes, gardens, theatres and a lot of beautiful places to provide fun and entertainment to the visitors.

The government body of the city consisted of a mayor, a city councilors and country councilors.  Woodstock was hit by three to four tornadoes. The tornadoes left many buildings destroyed and injured many people in the area.

The most important historical sites in Woodstock are Spring bank Snow Countess and Old St. Paul's Anglican Church.

A lot of festivals are being held in this city and the cow has become a very famous symbol in many cultural events and festivals.

Woodstock is called the Dairy capital of Canada. Dairy and livestock rearing are important industries of this area. The gardens and fields in Woodstock provide the natives with potatoes, beans, tomatoes and many other vegetables.Some of the major companies of the world like Toyota and Hino Motors also have their plants in Woodstock. Woodstock is also an industrial center for electric generators, fire engines, automobiles, textile and heavy machinery.

The ethnicity of this area is white and south Asians form the biggest community of this region.

There are a lot of transportation options available in this city including a railway system, public buses and cruise ships.

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