September 07, 2022

When we opened the River Bookshop two years ago we stated that our vision was to help increase the economic, social and cultural health of Amherstburg. We are doing that by following three strategies:

  • introducing unique retail shops that attract residents and visitors to shop in Amherstburg 
  • supporting the arts (music, literature, and visual art)
  • championing the restoration and protection of heritage properties 

We are now very pleased to announce an initiative that addresses both Arts and Heritage. We have teamed up with Meg Reiner, Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks of Walkerville Publishing to launch the book Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg. Meg and Chris did the heavy lifting—we simply championed the idea and brought the two parties together. 

As the jacket cover says, “Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg celebrates one of the most historically significant towns in Ontario. The book surveys nearly 100 buildings through photographs and snapshot summaries offering a glimpse into Amherstburg’s colourful past. Each structure tells a story of activities and events that occurred within its walls: its owners, occupants and guests …. from prime ministers to town folk. The book reveals pre-Confederation merchant houses, dwellings and military buildings, churches, schools, and shops, exploring a variety of building types that collectively paint a picture of the fascinating heritage of Amherstburg.” 

If you love the heritage buildings of Amherstburg … if you own or live in one of the buildings … have family and friends who have moved away … or want to learn more about our beautiful town’s history, then this is the book for you. 

We congratulate Meg on writing what is sure to be a bestseller. 

We encourage you to go to and pre order your book(s) now. Heritage Buildings of Amherstburg is coming November 2022, just in time for the holidays. 

Colleen and Richard Peddie