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Dresden, Ontario is a community in the Chatham-Kent municipality in Southwestern Ontario. It is North of the Chatham centre of the municipality and sits on Lake Sydenham. The history of Dresden is tightly tied to the history of the Underground Railroad and the story of Uncle Tom’s Cabin - a heritage honoured by the town to this day. This largely agricultural community also has a peculiar connection with Space going back to a 1939 meteorite strike in a nearby sugar-beet field.
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Dresden is a small community, its population of 2,451 people making up only a small percentage of the municipality’s total population of 101,647. Dresden is one of the northernmost communities in the Chatham-Kent municipality, 28km north of Chatham and 56km south of Sarnia. Dresden was incorporated in the 1870s, about 50 years after the arrival of the first settlers to the town. In 1998, Dresden, along with the other communities in the former Kent County were amalgamated with the City of Chatham to form the present municipality.
While Dresden is still considered an agricultural area of the municipality, the Chatham population centre is rapidly gaining popularity and it’s rubbing off on the surrounding communities. The general Chatham-Kent area has an average sale price of $250,000, this 2019 value reflecting a 20% increase from the previous year. In 2019, a new subdivision called Leisure Lane began development in Dresden featuring detached and semi-detached single family homes starting in the high $200,000s. These homes match the trend of development in the region where brand new properties are being listed above the municipality’s average price.
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The Chatham-Kent municipality has accessible inter-community public transit and decent school coverage, both of which support and connect the smaller communities. Dresden, along with Wallaceburg, are on Route A of the Chatham-Kent inter-community transit system. This allows both areas to be connected by public transit to the commercial centre of Chatham for accessibility and convenience. Once in Chatham, CKTransit offers five additional urban routes to get across the city as well.
There are only two schools in Dresden, Dresden Area Central School for elementary and the Lambton-Kent Composite School for secondary grades. Both schools are part of the Lambton Kent District School Board. By attending schools in nearby communities, students also have access to Catholic and Private school boards.
Dresden is a significant site for the history of the Underground Railroad because in addition to being a stop on the railroad, it was also the home of Reverend Josiah Henson. After escaping slavery, Henson and his family arrived in what would become Ontario. He became a prominent activist, purchasing a large plot of land near Dresden and opening a settlement to aid others escaping slavery. Henson’s experiences would be the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which would then inform the name of the Ontario Historic site and museum on Henson’s original land.
Dresden also benefits from great community and natural recreation. Throughout the year, the town hosts a variety of seasonal festivals and events like Santa Parades, Christmas Night Markets, Easter Crafts, Halloween Dances, and community breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Between events, residents can enjoy nature walks through the Arboretum and Trillium Trail along the Sydenham River.