Vanished Villages of Elgin


Located on the scenic north shore of Lake Erie, Elgin County was once home to over 40 vanished communities - filled with steam trains, ghosts, one-room schoolhouses, rowdy taverns, War of 1812 skirmishes and colourful characters, like Thomas Talbot.

Jennifer Grainger chronicles the rise and fall of Elgin’s crossroad hamlets, lakeports and rail depots with contemporary photos, archival shots, and postmarks that remind us of the pioneers.


absorbing stories and photos of the past will fascinate ghost-town buffs, genealogists, and daytrippers.

"Jennifer Grainger is putting places like Griffin's Corners and Taylor Station back on the Elgin County map."

Times-Journal (June, 2008)

About the Author

Jennifer Grainger

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Jennifer Grainger

Jennifer Grainger has been researching vanished villages in Middlesex County for the past seven years, using old news articles, maps, county directories and interviewing modern residents of the villages. An archaeologist by training from the Universities of Toronto and London, England, she has also written chapters for Middlesex township histories.