The Township of Zorra is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Visit our COVID-19 page for regular updates.
The Beachville District Museum is home to a vast selection of historical artifacts that will delight both young and old.
Aside from numerous displays, luscious parkland and special events that are held through the year, the museum is also home to the First Recorded Baseball Game in North America.
Visit the Beachville Museum website for more information!
Have you ever seen a building that seemed out of place on a quiet country drive? One hundred years ago it very well may have been in the centre of a bustling community. The Township of Zorra has been collecting stories of past towns and hamlets within its borders. For example, did you know the current town name "Embro" most likely came from Embro, Golspie in Scotland? This is the area where many Zorra Scotts emigrated from! Learn more about our historic towns at Tourism Oxford's website.
The Community section of our website is intended to keep residents and visitors informed about news, events and community contacts in the Township.
The Township publishes a newsletter three times a year titled, "Zorra Now" to update residents on current news, upcoming events, information and services provided by the municipality.
If you have a community event you would like added to this website, please send us an email.
Township of East Nissouri: People, Perseverance, Progress started out as a local history book. It quickly turned into more – a record of the lives of ordinary people, whether they achieved fame and fortune beyond the township borders or simply raised their children among friends and family. Given the passage of 150 years, no township history book could ever be complete, but in these pages you’ll read about familiar individuals as well as communities, businesses, schools, and our agricultural heritage.
Copies of this book are no longer available as both printings quickly sold out.
What's happening in Zorra? More info and history of Zorra Township including events from 2013. Copies available at the Township office or at JC Graphics in Thamesford for $35 each.
The Harrington Community Club is dedicated to the preservation of rural heritage and the authentic restoration of the Harrington Grist Mill as a functional museum and working educational site.
This restoration work was profiled in the Fall 2010 edition of Zorra Now.
Harrington Grist Mill Restoration Project
Tim Van de Kemp, Chairman
Watch the YouTube video - Harrington Mill Restored!
A Canadian Hero in Taiwan
George Leslie Mackay (1844 - 1901)
Son of Scots immigrants, Presbyterian missionary George Mackay was born near Embro in Zorra Township. In 1872, he founded the first overseas mission in Tamsui, Taiwan. An unconventional character, but sensitive to local needs, Mackay practised dentistry and trained local clergy. He married a Taiwanese, Tiun Chhang-Mian, and had three children. The "Black-Bearded Barbarian" worked in the Tamsui region until his death, established 60 chapels, several schools and a hospital. In 1881, he raised funds here in Oxford County to help build Oxford College, Tamsui, which later became a university. He was also an outspoken opponent of the Canadian head tax on Chinese immigrants. An inspiration to the evangelical missions movement in Ontario, Mackay remains a national hero in Taiwan. (Ontario Heritage Foundation)
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