Bothwell is a small town of approximately 968 residents, located on the north-eastern limits of Chatham-Kent. The town was founded during a nineteenth-century oil boom, and Bothwell residents are justifiably proud of their community's long and colourful history.
Today Bothwell has a thriving agricultural economy. Parks Blueberries, a “pick-your-own” blueberry farm and country store located just outside of Bothwell, is a popular agri-tourism destination. During the winter months local families gather at Emerald Acres-Sloan’s Christmas Tree Village to pick out the perfect Christmas tree and enjoy rides and games.
The community is home to a number of businesses which provide employment for local residents, including Harold Marcus, ComptankCorp, and Bothwell Furniture. Old Autos newspaper is published twice monthly and has a subscription base of over 16,000. As the "bible" of old car enthusiasts, the paper covers shows and sales across North America. Every August Old Autos and the Optimist Club host the Bothwell Car Show which attracts thousands of car lovers.
There are multiple sites of historical significance in and around Bothwell. Many old oil wells are still standing, and the Bothwell-Zone Oil Museum provides a detailed account of the oil boom of 1860. Additionally, the Fairfield Museum & National Historic Site houses some important artifacts from an early missionary settlement. Bothwell's residents are preparing to celebrate the town's 150th anniversary in 2017 with a number of events, including a homecoming celebration.
Bothwell’s recreational facilities, which include an arena, athletic fields, and a skate-board park, help to promote healthy living among its residents.
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