Lambton County is notoriously flat and wet. It was once known as the Great Enniskillen Swamp. In fact, people wouldn’t risk malaria and swamp fever to venture into the swamps until oil was discovered This swampy wetness acted as a barrier to agriculture, settlement, and transportation.
Various methods were tried to alleviate the wetness and annual spring flooding. Farmers were passionate and singe-minded about the causes and solutions to these devastating circumstances, even resorting to criminal behaviour to get their desired results. Lack of understanding led to some poor decision-making until the tried and true “ditch” method proved its value and now all across Lambton County, the farmland is ditched and tiled to relieve the drainage problem.