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Town of Ingersoll
—  Town  —
Motto: Prosperity Through Progress[1]
Coordinates: 43°02′N 80°53′W / 43.033°N 80.883°W / 43.033; -80.883
Country Canada Flag of Canada.svg
Province Ontario Flag of Ontario.svg
County Oxford
Established[1] 1852 (village)
  1861 (town)
 - Mayor Paul Holbrough
 - Governing Body Ingersoll Town Council
 - Total 12.9 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation [2] 280 m (919 ft)
Population (2006)[1]
 - Total 11,760
 - Density 911.9/km2 (2,361.8/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal code span N5C
Area code(s) 226/519

Ingersoll (2006 population 11,760) is a town in Oxford County on the Thames River in southwestern Ontario, Canada. The nearest city is Woodstock, Ontario to the east, with Tillsonburg, Ontario to the south and London to the west.

Ingersoll is situated north and near Highway 401. Oxford County Road 119 (formerly Ontario Highway 19) serves the town. The local high school is Ingersoll District Collegiate Institute.

The town was founded by Thomas Ingersoll (Laura Secord's father) as Oxford-on-the-Thames. The town was later renamed Ingersoll in his honour.

The area was well known for cheese production, and was home to the first such factory in Canada from approximately 1840. In 1866, a giant block of cheese weighing 7,300 pounds (3,311 kg) was produced at the James Harris Cheese Factory for promotion of the town's cheese industry. The "Big Cheese" was exhibited in England and in the United States at the New York State Fair in Saratoga.[1]

Ingersoll is the hometown of Canadian author David Manicom.

Heavy manufacturing is currently Ingersoll's largest industry, including manufacturers such as CAMI Automotive, a joint venture between Suzuki Canada and General Motors of Canada Ltd..

Annual Town Events

Ingersoll is the host of a number annual festivals, including the Ribfest, Harvest Festival, Canterbury Folk Festival and the Winter Lights Festival.

Ingersoll offers amenities to the public such as the Victoria Park Community Centre, Alexandra Hospital, ILERC, Ingersoll Support Services, VON, Oxford Child and Youth Services, Ingersoll Memorial Arena, Ingersoll Public Library, Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, as well as many more.


  1. ^ a b c Town of Ingersoll: History
  2. ^ Natural Resources Canada - Toporama - varies within town from 268m to 300m.

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Coordinates: 43°02′N 80°53′W / 43.033°N 80.883°W / 43.033; -80.883



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