Near Chatham in Chatham-Kent, Ontario — Central Canada
The Legend of the Paw Paw
Popular attributes relates the presence of several groves of this thicket-forming understory tree along this section of the Thames River to American soldiers who carried the fruit with them from Kentucky in 1813 and discarded the seeds along their advance route as the Paw Paws were consumed.
Erected 2013 by Tecumseh Parkway.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • War of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1813.
Location. 42° 26.472′ N, 82° 8.163′ W. Marker is near Chatham, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent. Marker is on River Line (Route 39) just east of Communication Road (Ontario Highway 40), on the left when traveling east. This historical marker is located in a rural area, on the edge of a farmers field, in Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9775 River Line, Chatham ON N7M 5J4, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Burning of British Ships / American Encampment (a few steps from this marker); Kent County Court House (approx. 5 kilometers away); The Abolition Movement in British North America (approx. 5.1 kilometers away); John Brown's Convention 1858 (approx. 5.1 kilometers away); Chatham Armoury (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); Tecumseh (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); Chatham Blockhouse (approx. 5.5 kilometers away); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (approx. 5.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 613 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.