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Chapter 5
Tories and Reformers
Table of Contents

Title Page
Author's Preface
1 The Road through Richmond Hill
2 First Peoples on the Land
3 The European Settlers Arrive
4 From Miles' Hill to Richmond Hill: The Birth of a Community
5 Tories and Reformers
A Picture of Prosperity and Contentment
The Most Pleasant Season
Maple Sugar Time
The Road to Rebellion
A Post Office and a Name on the Map
Colonel Moodie Rides Down Yonge Street
Rebels and Loyalists
Life and Death after the Rebellion
Aftermath of Rebellion
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
8 Fire Brigades and Fence Viewers
9 Picture Post Card Village of the 1880s and 1890s
10 Rails through Richmond Hill
11 The Flowering of Richmond Hill
12 The Village Transformed
Table of Illustrations

The Most Pleasant Season

The farmers in Canada have to work hard during the summer but in winter there is not much work, those that are clearing off land generally do their heavy chopping in winter, and thresh out their grain, take it to the Mill, then carry their flour to market ....

The winter is considered the most pleasant season for people travelling, for when the snow falls it seldom goes away until spring. In winter the farmers use sleighs instead of wagons or carts. The runners of the sleigh are of wood shod with iron, and bent up at front so as to rise over any log that might be in the way. They carry heavier loads with the sleighs in winter than they do in summer with the wagon. In winter the snow fills up the little hollow places and makes it nearly level.

David Gibson of Markham Mills, 1827. Local History Collection, Richmond Hill Public Library


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