It has a rich heritage closely tied to the Underground Railroad and is home to the famous Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Residents of Dresden enjoy a a quaint downtown with a selection of shops and restaurants such as the new Union Block Bakery, and a variety of housing options including the recently finished Leisure Lane by Depencier Builders. In 2007 the town celebrated its 125th anniversary, and its long history and rich heritage are reflected in the architecture of its businesses and many homes. The Trillium Trail Historical Walk, a 5.8km trail connecting the town and nearby parkland, features more than 50 local historical sites. The downtown core also features beautiful barn quilts telling local stories. Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historical Site is located just outside of Dresden. The former home of noted abolitionist Rev. Josiah Henson is now a museum that tells the history of the region’s Black population.
Dresden is surrounded by rich farm lands that produce strong vegetable yields for commercial use.
ConAgra Foods (producer for Del Monte Canada) is a major commercial food producer in the region, processing locally grown tomatoes for Aylmer ketchup. Several manufacturing industries are also located in Dresden:
Martinrea Fabco is a tier one automotive supplier, while Waste Wood Disposal produces automated equipment and mulch.
Although a small community, the town does not lack for entertainment and recreational activities, like canoe and kayak rentals from the Crappie Store, and the Dresden Night Market which brings in thousands of visitors for two annual events. The Dresden Agricultural Society sponsors a number of events as well, from tractor pulls to demolition derbies, culminating with the Dresden Exhibition held every July. The Dresden Raceway hosts a number of harness races throughout the summer. Dresden is also home to several athletic fields, a skateboard park, and the new Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre and Arena.
To learn more about opportunities to work, live, and play in Dresden, please visit http://dresden.ca/.