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Chatham in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

The Forks

 

—Tecumseh Parkway —

 
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. The Forks Marker
View, looking west, of the English text side of the historical marker, with a distant view of "The Forks" of the Thames River in the background.
Inscription. The Forks of the Thames are formed by the joining of the Thames River and McGregor Creek creating a peninsula that is present day Tecumseh Park in Chatham, Ontario. The strategic importance of the site was recognized by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe when he visited the region in 1793.

The first settlement at the Forks occurred in 1794 when Simcoe commissioned Captain William Baker to establish a shipyard. Baker constructed a log blockhouse, a 72 foot-long frame workshop, forges, saw pits, and buildings to accommodate him and his workmen. The logistics of establishing a shipyard in the wilderness, however, put the construction of the vessels behind schedule and substantially over budget. Baker was recalled and the shipyard was abandoned after four gunboats had been completed. It is possible that two of these were the gunboats in Procter's flotilla. By 1813, all that remained on this site was a log cabin (probably Baker's residence).
 
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Location. 42° 24.399′ N, 82° 11.065′ W. Marker is in Chatham, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker can be reached from William Street North just west of Murray Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The historical
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. The Forks Marker
View, looking east, of the French text side of the historical marker.
marker is located in Chatham, at the point of "The Forks" of the Thames River, in Tecumseh Park, situated along a park walkway. Marker is at or near this postal address: 89 William Street North, Chatham, Ontario N7M 4L5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skirmish at the Forks (here, next to this marker); British Encampment: Forks of the Thames (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Skirmish at the Forks (here, next to this marker); Casualties of the Skirmish (here, next to this marker); Tecumseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Chatham Armoury (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); John Brown's Convention 1858 (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatham.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of the portrait of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of an early 19th century gunboat, similar to the type built at this site, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
5. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of an early 19th century gunboat, along with the caption, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
6. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of Simcoe's plan for the blockhouse built on this site, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
7. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of the plan for the blockhouse built on this site, including the caption, that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
8. The Forks Marker
Close-up view of the English text that is displayed on the historical marker.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
9. The Forks Marker
View of the park walkway that leads to "The Forks" of the Thames River, where several Tecumseh Parkway historical markers are located.
The Forks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
10. The Forks Marker
View of the "The Forks" of the Thames River, where several Tecumseh Parkway historical markers are located.
View of The Forks image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
11. View of The Forks
View of the cannon situated at "The Forks" of the Thames River.
Tecumseh Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
12. Tecumseh Park Sign
View, looking north on William Street North, of the sign for Tecumseh Park, where the historical marker is located, and a distant view of the Tecumseh Parkway sign used to alert motorists of the presence of these historical markers.
The Forks of the Thames Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
13. The Forks of the Thames Sign
View, looking north on William Street North, of the Tecumseh Parkway sign used to alert motorists of the presence of these historical markers in Tecumseh Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 18, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on January 19, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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