Thornhill
    

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Thornhill, ON (Nearby: Willowdale, Concord, North York, Richmond Hill, Toronto)

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Thornhill, Ontario
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Ontario Tourism Region : York, Durham and Hills of Headwaters

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  • Pop. 19,000. In Reg. Mun. of York, 8 km. N of Toronto. In 1792, Lt.-Gov. John Graves Simcoe planned a road to link York (now Toronto) on L. Ontario with L. Simcoe, about 45 km north.
  • The road was for military use and as a trade route for the North West Fur Company. Simcoe named it Yonge St. after his friend Sir George Yonge, minister of war in the Imperial Cabinet.
  • Free lots of 200 acres (81 ha) each were offered on either side ofYonge Street as an incentive to settlement.
  • Settlers were required to clear 10 acres (4 ha) plus 33 feet (10 m) for road allowance and to build a house, within two years.
  • The first log house was built at the site of present-day Thornhill by Asa Johnson. His stepson, Nathan Chapman, took up the next lot. Benjamin Thome from Dorset, England, arrived in 1820 and became active in local affairs, among them petitioning for a PO
  • The settlement had been known as Atkinson's Mills, Lyon's Mills, Purdy's Mills, Dundurn, and Thorn's Mills. When the post office was established in 1829, it took the name Thornhill, after Benjamin Thome, one of two presidents of the B.of Montreal in 1842
  • (With the repeal of the Corn Laws in Britain in 1846, Thorne was bankrupted, and killed himself two years later.)
  • In the late 1830s and early 1840s there were seven hotels in Thornhill, including Montgomery's Tavern (see note in reviews above), headquarters of the insurgents during the 1837 Rebellion.
  • J. E. H. MacDonald (1873-1932), a founding member of the Group of Seven, lived and painted in Thornhill from 1913 until his death.


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Ken Steinberg on 10-Nov-19
Greetings, I found your site interesting and informative. I would like to point out that there is a bullet point that suggests that Montgomery's Tavern was located in Thornhill. This is incorrect. It was located in Toronto on Yonge St just north of Eglinton at Montgomery Ave. on the south west corner. Richard (Dick) Sutton Frizzell was a Tory Loyalist who lived in Thornhill and was key to preventing the rebellion. As a group of rebels were moving down Yonge, from Schomberg, Frizzell rode down to the city to forewarn them. The rebels were met Montgomery's tavern where a short skirmish ensued and the rebels, numbering about 300 (most volunteers and unarmed) dispersed within about 20 minutes. The Loyalists then looted and burned the tavern to the ground. A post office was erected on the site. And, presently, a condo (with the facade of the post office, intact) stands in place. Ken Steinberg ksteinberg416atgmail.com

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