Since 1853 this corner has belonged to a Tavern, known first as “Erie House”, then “Fisherville Hotel” and today as “Ye Olde Fisherville Restaurant”.
The first settlers here were chiefly Germans & Alsatian Lorraines, many of whom had little experience in the art of clearing land, but many learned by diligence, a good axe & fire. The forests got smaller and the land for cultivation larger.
Many of the family names of pioneer days still remains today in the area. Several familiar names are; Arnold, Bacher, Benner, Mehlenbacher, Roth, Richert, Rohrbach, Winger, Otterman, Philips, Fess, Harris, Held, Schweyer, Schumacher, Kiefer, Schurr, Nagel, Reicheld, Lint, Sherk, Miller, Moerschfelder, Hunsinger, Schaeffer, Ryder and Yager.
Visitors and even many residents wonder how Fisherville was named. We would love to tell you it was because of our delicious Fish & Chips and the great perch fishing nearby in Lake Erie. But Fisherville was named after Fred Fisher, its first businessman, who lived over 160 years ago in a log shanty on this very spot.
According to the Haldimand Advocate, he “plied his shoe making trade when not under the influence of liquor”. However, he must have been successful to have the town named after him!
Today we are proud of our little town comprised of a Fire Department, RBC Bank, Post Office, General Store, Lion’s Community Hall, two Lutheran Churches, Funeral Home, Hartwick Insurance, Hunsingers Plumbing, Smuck’s Auto Repair, Mike’s Cabinet Making, Bob Otterman’s Small Engine Repair, Wray Schumacher’s Water Haulage, Heron Arms, Fisherville’s Finest Greenhouse, Classic Auto Body, Natural Health Therapy Store, Miller’s Funeral Home!
Our wish is for you, your family and friends to enjoy your time here with us and we hope you find our service and food outstanding. We look forward to seeing you again! John, Janna Overend and all the great staff of Ye Olde Fisherville Restaurant.