First history of Southampton now available

Southampton Vignettes

For the first time, a book devoted entirely to the history of Southampton

• 24 chapters cover 200 years of Southampton history, from fur traders in the 19th century to the 21st century restoration of the lightkeeper's cottage on Chantry Island.

• 140 photographs illustrate many aspects of town history, from the bustling river harbour and train station to the destruction caused by Hurricane Hazel, the bridges which tumbled into the Saugeen River and the great docks which crumbled into the lake.

"Southampton Vignettes is a wonderful addition to everyone's library". —Ann-Marie Collins, Bruce County Archivist

"It is the first local history. There have been others covering very abbreviated sections of the village history, but yours surely sounds to be the most thorough, covering a full range of time periods." —John Weichel, historian

Past events

July 29, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Bruce Power Theatre, Southampton, (519) 797-2080
Launch of the first local history of Southampton - Book signing

Aug 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Downtown Bookstore

945  2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound, (519) 372-9760
Talk by Robin Hilborn, author of Southampton Vignettes - Book signing

Sept. 7, 2010, noon
Port Elgin Rotary Club

Colonial Motel, 235 Goderich St., Port Elgin, (519) 832-2021
Address by Robin Hilborn - Book signing

Sept. 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Southampton Rotary Club

Scout Hall, Southampton
Presentation by Robin Hilborn

Update, June 2012: first edition sold out

            Orders are no longer being taken

How to order

To order Southampton Vignettes, print (or copy out) the form below, fill in and mail with your cheque to:

Box 1203, Southampton ON  N0H 2L0

Note the special offer to Southamptonites: free delivery in Southampton. Outside town, shipping fee is $8.

Please send me ___ copies of Southampton Vignettes ($25 each).

Free delivery within Southampton. Outside, add $8 per order for shipping.

I enclose a $_____ cheque to "Robin Hilborn".


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• Price in Canada is in Can$.   For U.S. addresses, in US$.
• We accept cheques and post office money orders.   Sorry, no credit cards (so you don't have to reveal your card number).
• No tax ... we are tax-exempt.
• Free delivery to Southampton addresses.
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Southampton Vignettes:
    a brief history of a
    Lake Huron town

ISBN 978-0-9809468-1-9
133 pp., 140 illustrations,
    bibliography, index
$25, from Robin Hilborn,
    Box 1203, Southampton
    ON  N0H 2L0