Exeter is a community in the Canadian
municipalityof South Huron, Ontario, located approximately 50 kilometres north of London. It is located in the southern portion of Huron County, Ontario. The community bills itself as "Home of the White Squirrel", due to the presence of the unusually-coloured mammals.
Exeter was first founded in the winter of 1832 by the Irish settlers James and Jane Willis. By 1853, Exeter sprouted up into a community of over 300 with the help of
Isaac Carlingbringing immigrants from the Exeterand Devonareas of England. It was on July 1, 1873, when the villages north and south of the Ausable River (Francistown and Exeter respectively) merged to form the Village of Exeter. From its humble beginnings, Exeter became a bustling town of over 4,500 people.
Freight trainservice is provided by the Goderich-Exeter Railway, connecting to Canadian National Railwayservice at London and Toronto.
The closest local airfield is at
Centralia/Huron Airpark, south of Exeter. Closest major airport is London International Airport.
Exeter is served by scheduled bus service to Owen Sound and Londoncite web|url=http://www.greybruceairbus.com/airbus/os-london.htm|title=Grey-Brue Bus Schedule|publisher=Grey Bruce Air Bus|accessdate=2007-04-18] .
The local newspaper is the [http://www.southhuron.com "Exeter Times-Advocate"] , owned by
Metroland Publishing. This paper publishes once-weekly, on Wednesdays. Cable televisionis provided by Ex-Cen Cablevisionand includes local community station ETM Television.
Exeter is home to the
Exeter Hawks, a junior hockey team that plays in the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey Leagueand the Exeter Mohawksof the Western Ontario Athletic Association Senior Hockey League.
Harriet Brooks(1876-1933) - Early pioneer in nuclear physics
* Christopher T. Brandon - Bass player, songwriter & back up vocalist for
Quebecrock band Doppelganger Effekt.
Jay Campbell- meteorologist, A-Channel
Charles Trick Currelly- (1876-1957) Founder And First Curator of the Royal Ontario Museumcite web|title="Information on Charles Trick Currelly|url=http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/anthropology/history.htm|accessdate=2007-10-08]
Paul De Lisle- musician
Gerry Dewan- news reporter, A-Channel
Donald Methuen Fleming(1905-1986) Canadian Federal Finance Minister, Governor of the World Bank, International Monetary Fundofficial
Tim Long- executive producer, " The Simpsons"
Allan Pickard(1895-1975) Influential Canadian amateur hockey administrator and organizer, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Dave Shaw- player, NHL
* Peter Snell [http://youtube.com/watch?v=c7DKsZmFjds] - London-based musician who wrote "White Wonder" tribute to Exeter's squirrels [http://www.victoria-park.com/snell.htm]
Kathleen Mendelin- author, " Vamplitude"(2008)- fictional novel (inspired by the music and persona of Rick Springfield). The storyline takes place in the town of Exeter.
* McNaughton Park, including Scenic
* [http://www.shha.on.ca/ South Huron Hospital]
* [http://www.abca.on.ca/ca-morrisondam.php Morrison Dam Conservation Area]
* Recently-restored Town Hall
* [http://www.shdhs.ca/ South Huron District High School] , Home of the Panthers and over 850 students
*Exeter Public School
*Precious Blood Catholic Public School
* [http://www.whitesquirrels.ca/festival.htm The White Squirrel Festival]
* Exeter Fall Fair
* Exeter Rodeo
*cite web | publisher=R. Southcott (via ouroots.ca) | title=Exeter...: a history of Exeter, Ontario | url=http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=4462 | accessdate=2006-12-04 | first=Joseph L. | last=Wooden | year=1973
* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=c7DKsZmFjds Exeter's "WHITE WONDER" music video By Peter Snell]
* [http://www.town.southhuron.on.ca/ Municipality of South Huron]
* [http://www.amdsb.ca/SHDHS/current/ South Huron District High School, in Exeter]
* [http://www.cabletv.on.ca/ Ex-Cen/Bluewater Cable Television]
* [http://www.etmtelevision.com ETM Television (community cable TV station)]
* [http://www.shcc.on.ca/ South Huron Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.grandbendstrip.com/ Grand Bend Strip] - community newspaper free to homes in Exeter, Grand Bend, Zurich, Dashwood, Port Franks, Crediton and Parkhill
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