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Norfolk County War of 1812 history on TVO

Norfolk County history related to the Burning of Dover Mills in 1814 will be featured on TVO on Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the War of 1812 didn’t end in 1812. For the people living in what is now Southwestern Ontario, 1813 and 1814 were brutal and unforgettable years.

To help commemorate this tumultuous era, TVO is premiering an extended, three-part version of the hit documentary A Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors and Refugees in the War of 1812, Mondays at 7:00pm, from April 14th through 28th.

The documentary series is a cinematic exploration of those stories that make the War of 1812 a “modern war,” and steps back in time to experience the conflict through the eyes of the people of Southwestern Ontario, who spent several years living in a War Zone.

In the episode, the former curator of Port Dover Harbour Museum, Ian Bell, and local historian Cheryl MacDonald, describe some of the background to the burning of the community that existed where Port Dover is today.


The episode, according to director Zach Melnik, also includes McArthur’s Raid, The Sovereign Mill story from Waterford and the Backhouse Mill story from Long Point.

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