Tilbury Real Estate Listings and Information
The nearby townships of Tilbury West in Essex County and Tilbury East in Kent County were named for the port of Tilbury in the English county of Essex. A settlement, called Henderson after the local postmaster, was established with the construction of the Canada Southern Railway in 1875. The name of the post office was changed to Tilbury Centre after the adjoining townships and the community was incorporated as a village in 1887. The name changed again to Tilbury a few years later and incorporation as a town followed in
In 1998, the town was amalgamated with the City of Chatham and all municipalities of Kent County to form the City of Chatham–Kent.
Tilbury is home to many locally owned restaurants and bars including, Blue Bonnet, Uncle Chow's, Fong's Restaurant, and FlapJacks. Tilbury is also home to larger franchise restaurants such as, Tim Hortons, KFC, and Little Caesars Pizza.
There are several fuel stations in Tilbury that serves gasoline and diesel, including Macs, Shell, UPI, and Esso. In 2011, Mac's convenience store added a fuel station that serves gasoline and diesel.
There are several car dealerships in Tilbury. The 4 main dealerships are Chevrolet (Gary Mackie, used to also sell Oldsmobiles), Ford (Lally), Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram, and Andre Lanoe (in which it sells GMC and Buick, but used to sell Pontiacs also). The rest are locally-owned, in which it sells ATVs, motorhomes, RVs and used vehicles.
Tilbury is home to a number of industries related mainly to the auto sector. Companies present in the community include Woodbridge Foam, Mahle, Autoliv, AP Plasman and others. A number of plants have closed in recent years, including Fleetwood Metal Industries and KS Centoco and recently ArvinMeritor (formerly Rockwell International), in June 2009.
Tilbury is also home of the Titans of Tilbury District High School, with an attendance of around 300 students. There is also a french elementary school, a public elementary school as well as a catholic elementary school. Famous residents include actress Margaret Mather. Along with the former townships of Tilbury East and Dover, Tilbury is a designated French language service area under Ontario's French Language Services Act. See also Franco-Ontarian.