Its government consists of a mayor and four councillors. There are no geographic ward divisions for municipal elections; candidates for councillor campaign in the entire township and the four candidates who receive the most votes are declared elected.
The township was amalgamated in 1975 from two historic county townships, Blandford and Blenheim.
|Township of Blandford-Blenheim|
|• Mayor||Mark Peterson|
|• Federal riding||Oxford|
|• Prov. riding||Oxford|
|• Land||382.33 km2 (147.62 sq mi)|
|• Density||19.4/km2 (50/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT))|
|Area code(s)||519 and 226|
The town of Blandford-Blenheim comprises a number of villages and hamlets, including the following communities such as Blandford, Blandford Station, Blink Bonnie, Bond's Corners, Bright, Canning, Chesterfield, Creditville, Drumbo, Eastwood, Etonia, Forest Estates, Gobles, Maple Lake Park, Park Haven, Perry's Corners, Plattsville, Princeton, Ratho, Richwood, Showers Corners, Washington, Windfall and Wolverton.
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents: 2616 (total dwellings: 2716)
On June 10, 2005 the Oxford County Library Board closed the Drumbo branch. When letters of appeal and a public meeting organized by Carl McLean failed to reverse this decision, the Access Committee Group – Robbie Savage, Valerie Johnston and Paul Jacobson – was formed to maintain a community library with internet access. A new entity, the Drumbo Opportunity Centre, was born.
This group applied for charitable status, approached the County of Oxford for use of the library building and applied to the Community Access Program. Charitable status was granted in June 2006 and a lease with the County (for rent and connectivity) was signed in May 2006. DOC ceased operations at the end of December 2013 and returned the building to the control of the county.
c/o Plattsville Public School, 112 Mill St. E, Plattsville.
35 Main St S, Princeton. A branch of the Oxford County Library. Plaque - built in 1998 from stone from local farms, the Princeton War Memorial commemorates local war veterans who died in World War I and II.
767415 Twp Rd 5, Blenheim. Originally a two-room schoolhouse, the former S.S. No 14 was operated as a school from 1857 to 1963. The building is now owned by the Municipality of Blandford-Blenheim and is used as a community centre.
Blenhheim Springs Trout Farm, Walter's Dinner Theatre.
Con 9 lot 5 Blandford. This 40.5 ha (100 acres) of land was the first reforestation plot in the county in 1944. Similar tracts were established in Drumbo, Centreville, Innerkip, Embro and Lakeside.
68 Mill St E, Plattsville. Park offers 1 ball diamond with field lights, arena. There is also a pavilion. The "To Our Heroes" Memorial Gate was set up in August 1921 in honour of the men and women who served in World War I. Plattsville Cenotaph is located on the property.
35 Main St. S, Princeton. A cairn and flagpole in honour of Mac McAnsh, a gentleman who operated the hardware in Princeton for many years, is located in front of the Centennial Building.
The geographical area which is now Blandford-Blenheim was populated with Neutral/Attawandaron longhouse villages for many centuries but was abandoned to First Nations nomadic peoples by the 1650s as a result of warfare with Iroquois and epidemics resulting from European contact. A century later the area was being used for hunting grounds primarily by the Mississaugas First Nation, and it was from them that the land was acquired by the Crown through two treaties, the first signed in 1784, and the second in 1792. 
The names of Blandford and Blenheim were given in the 1790s as part of Gov. Simcoe's program to make the new colony of Upper Canada a "mirror of Britain", using place names familier from England. Upon his arrival in the province in 1792, the first proclamation issued by Gov. Simcoe, while still at Kingston, announced the names and boundaries he had decided upon for county boundaries. For areas lying to the west of Kingston, he decided that the sequence of names for counties along Lake Ontario would be Northumberland, Durham, York and Lincoln, and for counties along Lake Erie, the names became Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent. (This was the same sequence of county names in place along the eastern seacoast of England, running from the Scottish boundary down to the English Channel.) The proclamation defined the northern boundary of Norfolk County as being the Thames River, but the area which became Blandford and Blenheim was originally designated as being part of the western end of York County for election purposes. 
Gov. Simcoe with several other government officers, guided by a party of Six Nations warriors, conducted a wilderness tour on foot down and back up the length of the Thames River in February 1793 and decided to assign additional place names to mirror those they knew along the Thames River in England. Middlesex County was the name to be used for the area around a town site reserved at the "lower forks" in the river, to be called London; Dorchester was the name for a town site at the "middle forks"; and the area around the "upper forks" was to be Oxford - the same sequence of names as found along the Thames in England. Just as in Oxfordshire in England, Blandford and Blenheim were names at the northerly end of the county, around Woodstock, adjacent to the towns of Oxford and Burford. When legislation was passed in 1798 in Upper Canada to implement these new divisions by Gov. Simcoe, Norwich and Dereham were separated from Norfolk County and added to the new Oxford County, which included also Burford, Blenheim, Blandford and Oxford townships.
Blenheim Township was opened up to settlement in 1793 when Gov. Simcoe agreed it should be granted to Thomas Watson from New Jersey who promised to bring in settlers and build mills. This was the start of what became the life's work of his nephew Thomas Hornor, who with Watson's son Thomas Jr. and various others were active developing a settlement around Princeton by 1795. Within the course of the next decade, Hornor was appointed a justice of the peace, then as the land registrar for the county, then as the resident commanding officer for the county militia. He carried on as a leading citizen of the county until his death from cholera in 1834.
Blandford Township was held in reserve by the government until a village began to develop along its southern end in the early 1830s, which took the name Woodstock.
In 1890, a body was found in a Princeton swamp that would lead to the Reginald Birchall murder trial that took place in Woodstock, Ontario. This trial received worldwide media coverage.
42 Centre St, Drumbo. Located in the former Wolverton Railway Station which was relocated to the Drumbo Agricultural Fairgrounds.
88 Wolverton St., Wolverton. A fine example of Regency styling, with Gothic flourishes. A plaque marks this brick house built about 1854–55 by Enos Woverton, village founder and first postmaster.
775903 Blandfrod Rd. Dedicated to all Schools in the former Township of Blandford.
42 Centre St, Drumbo. There are two plaques on the property commemorating 100 years of the Drumbo Fall Fair and 150 years of the Drumbo Fall Fair, respectively.
12 Wilmot St. N, Drumbo. Land agent and founder of Drumbo post office in 1854; he began a brick works here in 1874 and founded the Muma Block on this corner in 1890. His photograph is in the village agricultural hall.
Canning. Located on Township Road 3 east of the Canning Road, Canning was originally known as Mudge Hollow.
Cemetery located behind the house at 686879 Oxford Road 2, Princeton. A family cemetery in a woodlot just east of the Princeton Cemetery. Access to the cemetery is by an unmarked 12-foot right-of-way to the east of the residential property in front of the cemetery. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
846515 Township Rd. 9. This cemetery is located south east of Bright, where it services the Mennonite community in the area.
90742 Twp. Rd. 12, Blenheim. This small Brethren Cemetery is located just south of the Hamlet of Washington. People in the vicinity are generally members of the Brethren Farm Community.
747409 Twp. Rd. 4, Blenheim. Deeded in 1842 by the Dickson family as a burial ground for the early Scottish settlers. It is located on a hill overlooking a stream.
955207 Canning Rd., Blenheim. The cemetery is located behind the Haack barn south of Canning. The Rickert plot used to be enclosed by an iron fence and an ornate gateway guarded by a large iron dog. Access to this site is by a long and narrow driveway. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
816661 Oxford Road 22, Blandford. It surrounds the Chesterfield United Church. It contains a cenotaph erected in 1920 which is inscribed with the names of the 25 people from the community who were killed in World War I and II.
806761 Oxford Road 29, Blenheim. Situated on the property of the original Drumbo Baptist Church. A mausoleum was erected and dedicated in 1956. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery.
866250 Twp Rd 10, Blandford. The church that was associated with the cemetery was built of logs between 1846–1854 and used by `Old Order Mennonites`. It was sold in 1904 because the building needed repairs. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
967244 Oxford-Waterloo Rd. Created in 1830, it was originally maintained by the Blenheim Mennonite congregation. The associated church has been converted into a retreat centre.
687677 Governors Rd. Stones from this abandoned cemetery have been gathered inside protective walls. The oldest burial stone has been dated to 1853. Owned by the municipality it is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93. On this site stood the Christian Church 1848–1915 and in the surrounding land they laid their dead to rest.
Seaton St., Plattsville. Created in 1855, it was once a Lutheran Cemetery but now services the entire community. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
686853 Oxford Road 2, Princeton. The cemetery was started in the early 1800s; fenced in 1930; a mausoleum was erected in 1967; and a portion of ground was blessed for use as a Roman Catholic Cemetery in 1954. Owned by municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93. Plaque - Coloner Thomas Horner, 1767–1834. Honours the pioneer settler of Blenheim Township (1795) who built the first saw and gristmills in what became Oxford County.Plaque-Frederick Benwell, 1865-1890. Commemorates the young victim of Oxford's most infamous murdered, Reginald Birchall.
905987 Twp Rd 12, Blandford. It surrounds the Ratho Presbyterian Church.
767413 Twp Rd 5, Blenheim. After a Free Will Baptist Church was organized in Richwood in the 1840s, a rough cast meeting house was built in 1850, in the front part of the Richmond Cemetery. For many years, this was a "free burial ground". Has been expanded to include the former School property. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93. A plaque was erected here in 1998 by descendants of the Kennedy family.
955569 Lucy Rd. The first 'Regular Baptist Church' in service from 1828 to 1875, was located east of the cemetery. Located on the corner of the Lucy Road and Township Road 5. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
927196 Oxford Road 8. A small beautiful cemetery on the south side of Oxford Road 8. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an abandoned (inactive) cemetery according to By-law 971-93. This was an Anglican church Cemetery.
806484 Oxford Road 29. It is part of the Windfall United Church property. A plaque marks the historic hamlet of Windfall.
917709 Wolverton Rd., Wolverton. A long and narrow cemetery situated at the top of a hill overlooking the Hamlet of Wolverton. Owned by the municipality and is considered to be an active cemetery according to By-law 971-93.
31 John St W, Bright. The original Methodist congregation was established in 1865. There was a need for a new church in 1877, but one was not built until 1892.
816661 Oxford Road 22, Bright. The original congregation was Presbyterian. Built in 1854. The Chesterfield centotaph is located in the churchyard.
20 Pinkham St., Drumbo. Known originally as Second Blenheim Regular Baptist Church, it was built in 1855at Windfall. In 1859, while moving the building to the centre of Drumbo, the roof caved in and a new white framed building was erected for $1000. The new building was located about 50 yards south of the present church building, which was built in 1876. This present building was the first new building to be erected after the fire that destroyed much of the town.
19 Albert St E, Plattsville.
Started in 1956, Plattsville Evangelical Missionary Church began as a Bible study group from the members of Bethel Missionary Church in New Dundee. The congregation was faced with the necessity of expanding their facilities to accommodate their growing congregation.
A group of individuals with a passion for reaching the community of Plattsville approached the local sandpaper factory (now Saint-Gobain). The company had been using a former church building as a storage and warehouse facility. The original building was built in 1885 by a Baptist congregation, but upon their closure in 1937, the building was sold to the sandpaper facility next door.
The church was dedicated as Plattsville United Missionary Church on June 10, 1956. In 1984, an addition was built on, providing additional classrooms, a nursery, and offices. Then in 1996, a new, multi-purpose gymnasium with a full basement was built. The gymnasium is now the main sanctuary for the church.
Plattsville Evangelical Missionary Church is a member of the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada denomination.
20 Samuel St., Plattsville. It was a Methodist congregation until 1925 when it became United. Built in 1876. Addition built in 1993, which included a new foyer and elevator.
24 Elgin St E., Princeton. The original Methodist congregation was established in 1870. The current congregation is a result of a union between the Princeton and Etonia churches in 1925. It was built in 1880.
905987 Twp Rd 12, Blandford. Built in 1852 by a Scottish community.
767417 Rd 5, Blenheim. Richwood United Church was opened on September 15, 1861, as a Wesleyan Methodist Church on the Paris circuit. It is now part of the Drumbo Charge.
39 Gissing St W, Princeton. The Princeton church, which was built in 1888, was a mission of St. Mary's until 1941 when it became Sacred Heart.
4 Elgin St. E., Princeton. Built in 1867.
967244 Oxford-Waterloo Rd. Built in 1901. Used only as a retreat centre.
23 Washington Rd N. The original congregation was Methodist. Built in 1860.
15 Centre St., Drumbo. Built in 1915. Named after Michael Willis, who was moderator of the Presbyterian Church in 1870.
806484 Oxford Road 29. The first church was a frame building and the congregation was of the United Brethren faith. In 1899 the frame building was torn down and the present brick building erected. It is believed that a $100 bill was placed in the corner stone. Regular services ceased in 1991. A memorial service and an anniversary service are held each year.
32 Wilmot St. S. Drumbo. The school was built in 1946. Plaque - The Drumbo cenotaph is located on the school property.
40 Elgin St., Princeton. The school was built in September 1950.
In the 2006 municipal elections in Ontario, voters in the province of Ontario, elected mayors, councillors, school board trustees and all other elected officials in all of Ontario's municipalities. These elections were regulated by the Municipal Elections Act of Ontario.2010 Oxford County municipal elections
Elections were held in Oxford County, Ontario on October 25, 2010 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.2014 Oxford County municipal elections
Elections were held in Oxford County, Ontario on October 27, 2014 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.2018 Oxford County municipal elections
Elections were held in Oxford County, Ontario on October 22, 2018 in conjunction with municipal elections across the province.County of Brant
The County of Brant (2016 population 36,707) is a single-tier municipality in the Canadian province of Ontario. Despite its name, it is no longer a county by definition, as all municipal services are handled by a single level of government. The county has service offices in Burford, Paris and St. George.
It is a predominantly rural municipality in Southern Ontario. The largest population centre (2016 population, 12,310) is Paris. The County is bordered by North Dumfries township, the City of Hamilton, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, and the townships of Blandford-Blenheim and Norwich. The County abuts the provincially-mandated Greenbelt (Golden Horseshoe).
Although the city of Brantford appears geographically to be located in the County, it is a fully independent city with its own municipal government. The Brant census division, which includes Brantford and the Six Nations and New Credit reserves, along with the County of Brant, had a population of 134,808 in the 2016 census.Drumbo Fall Fair
The Drumbo Fall Fair is a three-day annual agricultural event which takes place in the village of Drumbo, Blandford-Blenheim township, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada. The fairgrounds are at 42 Center Street, a few minutes from the 401 highway. The fair is held annually on the third weekend after Labour Day.List of census subdivisions in Ontario
The following is a list of census subdivisions in the Canadian province of Ontario.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
C = City
R = First Nations Reserve
S-E = Indian Settlement
T = Town
TP = Township
UNO = Unorganized
VL = VillageList of mayors in Ontario
This is a list of mayors of municipalities in the Canadian province of Ontario.Mayors in this case includes reeves, an alternate title used by some smaller municipalities for what is otherwise the same role as a mayor. One mayor, that of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a Lord Mayor. First Nations communities are headed by Chiefs, and are indicated as such.
Ontario's most recent municipal elections were held on October 22, 2018; mayors newly elected on that date formally took office on December 1.List of municipalities in Ontario
Ontario is the most populous province in Canada with 13,448,494 residents as of 2016 and is third-largest in land area at 908,699 km2 (350,851 sq mi). Ontario's 444 municipalities cover only 17% of the province's land mass yet are home to 99% of its population. These municipalities provide local or regional municipal government services within either a single-tier or shared two-tier municipal structure.A municipality in Ontario is "a geographic area whose inhabitants are incorporated" according to the Municipal Act, 2001. Ontario's three municipality types include upper and lower-tier municipalities within the two-tier structure, and single-tier municipalities (unitary authorities) that are exempt from the two-tier structure. Single and lower-tier municipalities are grouped together as local municipalities. Of Ontario's 444 municipalities, 30 of them are upper-tier municipalities and 414 are local municipalities—241 lower-tier municipalities and 173 single-tier municipalities.
The Municipal Act, 2001 is the legislation that enables incorporation and stipulates governance of Ontario's municipalities, excluding the City of Toronto, which is subject to the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The Municipal Act, 2001 provides lower and single-tier municipalities with the authority to incorporate as cities, towns, villages, townships, or generically as municipalities. There are no minimum population thresholds or other requirements for these municipal sub-types. A municipality can change its status to any of these so long as its resulting name is not being used by another municipality. For upper-tier municipalities, the act provides them with the authority to incorporate as counties, regions and district municipalities.Ontario's largest municipality by population is the City of Toronto with 2,731,571 residents, while the largest by land area is the City of Greater Sudbury at 3,228.35 km2 (1,246.47 sq mi). The City of Ottawa, Canada's capital city, is the province's second-most populous municipality with 934,243 residents. Ontario's smallest municipality by population is the Township of Cockburn Island with 0 residents, while the smallest by land area is the Village of Westport at 1.68 km2 (0.65 sq mi). The first community to incorporate as a municipality in Ontario was Brockville in 1832.List of township municipalities in Ontario
A township is a type of municipality in the Canadian province of Ontario. They can have either single-tier status or lower-tier status.
Ontario has 200 townships that had a cumulative population of 990,396 and an average population of 4,952 in the 2011 Census. Ontario's largest and smallest townships are Centre Wellington and Cockburn Island with populations of 26,693 and 0 respectively.List of townships in Ontario
This is a list of townships in the Canadian province of Ontario. Townships are listed by census division.London District, Upper Canada
The London District was a historic district in Upper Canada. It was formed in 1798 from parts of the Home and Western Districts, and lasted until its abolition in 1850.Nith River
The Nith River is a river in Brant, Oxford and Perth Counties and the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario, Canada. The Nith River empties into the Grand River at the town of Paris, and is named after the River Nith in Scotland.Ontario Highway 401
King's Highway 401, commonly referred to as Highway 401 and also known by its official name as the Macdonald–Cartier Freeway or colloquially as the four-oh-one,
is a controlled-access 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. It stretches 828 kilometres (514 mi) from Windsor in the west to the Ontario–Quebec border in the east. The part of Highway 401 that passes through Toronto is North America's busiest highway, and one of the widest.
Together with Quebec Autoroute 20, it forms the road transportation backbone of the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, along which over half of Canada's population resides and is also a Core Route in the National Highway System of Canada.
The route is maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) and patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police. The speed limit is 100 km/h (62 mph) throughout its length, with the only exceptions the posted 80 km/h (50 mph) limit westbound in Windsor and in most construction zones.
By the end of 1952, three individual highways were numbered "Highway 401": the partially completed Toronto Bypass between Weston Road and Highway 11 (Yonge Street); Highway 2A between West Hill and Newcastle; and the Scenic Highway between Gananoque and Brockville, now known as the Thousand Islands Parkway. These three sections of highway were 11.8, 54.7 and 41.2 km, (7.3, 34.0 and 25.6 mi), respectively. In 1964, the route became fully navigable from Windsor to the Ontario–Quebec border. In 1965 it was given a second designation, the Macdonald–Cartier Freeway, in honour of two Fathers of Confederation. At the end of 1968, the Gananoque–Brockville section was bypassed and the final intersection grade-separated near Kingston, making Highway 401 a freeway for its entire 817.9-km length. On August 24, 2007, the portion of the highway between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and the Don Valley Parkway / Highway 404 Junction in Toronto was designated the Highway of Heroes, as the road is travelled by funeral convoys for fallen Canadian Forces personnel from CFB Trenton to the coroner's office in Toronto. On September 27, 2013, the Highway of Heroes designation was extended west to Keele Street in Toronto, to coincide with the move of the coroner's office to the new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex at the Humber River Hospital.
In 2011, construction began on a westward extension called the "Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway". This new route follows but does not replace, the former Highway 3 between the former end of the freeway and the E. C. Row Expressway, at which point it turns and parallels that route towards the site of the future Gordie Howe International Bridge. An 8-kilometre (5 mi) section of the parkway, east of the E. C. Row interchange, opened on June 28, 2015, with the remaining section completed and opened on November 21.
Elsewhere in Ontario, plans are underway to widen the remaining four-lane sections between Windsor and London to six lanes and to widen the route between Kitchener and Milton as well as through Oshawa. The expansive twelve-plus-lane collector–express system will also be extended west through Mississauga to Milton and east through Ajax and Whitby.Oxford (electoral district)
Oxford is a federal electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since the 1935 election.
It consists of the county of Oxford and a small portion of Brant County.Oxford (provincial electoral district)
Oxford is a provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada, that has been represented in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since the 1999 provincial election.
It consists of the county of Oxford and a small portion of Brant.Oxford County, Ontario
Oxford County is a regional municipality in the Canadian province of Ontario, located in the Southwestern portion of the province. Highway 401 runs east-west through the centre of the county, creating an urban industrial corridor with more than half the county's population, spanning twenty-five kilometres between the Toyota auto assembly plant in Woodstock and the CAMI General Motors auto assembly plant in Ingersoll. The local economy is otherwise dominated by agriculture, especially the dairy industry.
The Oxford County regional seat is in Woodstock. Oxford County has been a regional municipality since 2001, despite still having the word "county" in its name. It has a two-tier municipal government structure, with the lower-tier municipalities being the result of a merger in 1975 of a larger number of separate municipalities that previously existed before restructuring. It also comprises a single Statistics Canada census division, and a single electoral division for federal and provincial elections, for which the precise boundaries have been revised from time to time. For part of its history, it was divided into two ridings, Oxford North, for federal and provincial elections, and Oxford South, for federal and provincial elections, for each of which see their own pages. Oxford County had its own School Board until 1998, when it was merged into the Thames Valley District School Board. It had its own Health Unit until 2018, when it was merged into the Southwestern Public Health Unit.Princeton, Ontario
Princeton is a community in Blandford-Blenheim, which is part of Oxford County, Ontario, Canada. The community is named after Princeton, New Jersey.In 1978, archaeologists excavated the site in Princeton of an 800-year-old Amerindian village of the Glen Meyer tribe.The Princeton Public Library is a branch of the Oxford Public Library.
The population is about 500 people.
Places adjacent to Blandford-Blenheim