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Near Thamesville in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Fairfield

 

—Tecumseh Parkway —

 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
1. Fairfield Marker
View, looking east, of the English text side of the historical marker.
Inscription. The Moravians or "Bohemian Brethren" were a protestant sect that originated in the 1400s in Moravia and Bohemia, the present day Czech Republic. They faced persecution in their homeland and in 1722 many moved to Saxony (now part of Germany) where they were given security and land on the estate of Nikolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf. There they built a community called Hernhut and subsequently sent missionaries to North America where they established settlements in Pennsylvania (Bethlehem and Nazareth) and North Carolina (Winston Salem).

They began missionary work among the Lenni Lenape First Nation (Delaware) and organized villages based on Christianity and European lifestyle. Following the American Revolution, the pacifist Moravians once again faced persecution, leading them, and their followers, to Detroit where they sought refuge with the British Government. There, Lieutenant Governor Simcoe granted the Moravians a large tract of land along the Thames River east of present day Thamesville, Ontario.

By 1792, the village of Fairfield had been established under the direction of Brother David Zeisberger. For over 20 years, the community had a fairly consistent population of between 150 and 200 inhabitants, 60 modest log homes, a church, a school, barns, and workshops. By 1813, the inhabitants had also developed several
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
2. Fairfield Marker
View, looking west, of the French text side of the historical marker.
hundred acres of farmland. The village was a unique amalgamation of eastern European tradition and architecture combined with Native Delaware culture.
 
Erected by Tecumseh Parkway.
 
Location. 42° 35.112′ N, 81° 54.259′ W. Marker is near Thamesville, Ontario, in Chatham-Kent County. Marker is on Longwoods Road (Provincial Highway 2) east of Victoria Road (Provincial Highway 21), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This historical marker is one of a series five of historical markers, that are situated just west of the Fairfield Museum, on a by-passed section of the old Longwoods Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14878 Longwoods Road, Thamesville, Ontario N0P 1C0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Burning of Fairfield (here, next to this marker); Tecumseh (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Battle of Moraviantown, 1813 (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Prelude to Battle (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Why Choose This Site? (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); Participants in the Battle of the Thames (approx. 3.1 kilometers away);
Fairfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
3. Fairfield Marker
A close-up view of the English text side of the historical marker.
a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (approx. 3.1 kilometers away); a different marker also named Participants in the Battle of the Thames (approx. 3.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thamesville.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Native AmericansSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
Fairfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
4. Fairfield Marker
A close-up view of a photograph of a Moravian log home, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
5. Fairfield Marker
A close-up view of a portrait of Brother David Zeisburger, that is displayed on the historical marker.
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By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
6. Fairfield Marker
A close-up view of a photograph of a Moravian lodge church, that is displayed on the historical marker.
Fairfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
7. Fairfield Marker
View of the cluster of Tecumseh Parkway markers, situated just west of the Fairfield Museum, which is the structure seen in the background of the picture.
Fairfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
8. Fairfield Marker
View of the cluster of Tecumseh Parkway markers, situated just west of the Fairfield Museum, on the by-passed section of Old Longwoods Road.
Fairfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 23, 2013
9. Fairfield Marker
View of the Tecumseh Parkway marker sign that is situated on the main roadway, just west of the cluster of Tecumseh Parkway markers, at the site of the historic Fairfield village.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 20, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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