If you’ve gotten off of Highway 11, heading west from Matheson onto Highway 101, Shillington would be the first of those familiar Ontario town signs you’d see.
I’m pretty sure that Shillington is an old farming hamlet that has withered over the years. Although I’ve passed through Shillington probably 10 times, it’s been a while and I can’t remember what there is there.
I know there is the intersection of Highway 101 and Chemin 577 Monteith, the odd house or building, a community hall on the south side, and the sign that says Shillington. It’s pretty rural, and fairly empty.
The community hall hosts suppers and seniors events throughout the year. There’s also an evangelist church in what looks to be an old United Church a little bit past the main intersection. I took a photo of that sign, and of the community hall, but in the intervening years I seem to have misplaced it on my computer. I remember reading an article in Highgrader Magazine written by someone who grew up in Shillington, but though I kept a copy I seem to have misplaced that as well!.
I’m sure I’ve underestimated Shillington. Posts your thoughts below, or email me at info (at) highway11 (dot) ca – photos are welcome.