The Importance of Heritage.

The Importance of Heritage.

October 26, 2021

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” 

~Winston Churchill 

From our inception the River Bookshop has championed the importance of Amherstburg’s heritage. Recently our 67 Richmond  137 year old building received both a Heritage Designation by the town and was awarded the prestigious “Peter Stokes” award for restoration of a small-scale individual / small- scale business by the Architectural Conservatory of Ontario.

Not only do we personally love Amherstburg’s history and historic buildings we know they are important for the town.  They are a real point of difference versus most southern Ontario towns and we know from research that Amherstburg is way behind most communities in protecting, restoring and investing in its heritage.

In my role at T,.H.R.I.V.E. I headed up a White Paper that was delegated to council on October 25th (click HERE). We made a number of recommendations that we believe are right for Amherstburg; and are supported by the majority of residents. Please read it below to see if you support our recommendations?  If you do please let your councillors know. It’s important that real action be taken and some modest investment be included in the 2022 town budget.

We can’t just keep saying heritage is important and then not invest in it. 

  “The truth about a town’s aspirations isn’t found in its vision. It’s found in its budget." ~Brent Toderian 


Richard Peddie 

Book Seller 

Community Builder



If you are curious about the history and heritage of Amherstburg and the surrounding areas here are a few books that might be of interest.... Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-lo Island by Patrick Livingston, Windsor Before & After by Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks, The Rumrunners: a Prohibition Scrapbook by Marty Gervais and A Chatham-Kent Tapestry by Jim & Lisa Gilbert.

Don't forget our upcoming events.....

Please note, the Windsor Before & After event has been rescheduled to November 15th - if you have signed up already you will receive an email confirming your attendance on the new date. in person seating but Zoom invites are still available. Email to register to get the link.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel our Max art event - we hope to reschedule it when it is safer for Max and his audience. We apologize for any inconvenience.




River Bookshop Covid Protocol Update -

effective September 22, 2021


Effective Sept. 22, Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of identification and of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access certain non-essential businesses and settings.

Here at the River Bookshop, we believe and trust in the science and so our events will fall under this mandate. Out of an abundance of caution and to ensure the health and safety of you our readers, our event presenters and our staff we will be requiring these proofs for attendance to our events. And as always, masks are required in store and at our Hole in the Wall events.

You can download your vaccine receipts here.

If you have not gotten your vaccinations we are happy to set you up to take part virtually in any and all of our events. We can also accommodate shopping in the bookshop for readers who cannot mask - please call or email to make those arrangements.

Thank you for assisting us in providing safe and secure experience for everyone.


The River Bookshop Team