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Chapter 7
The Neighbours at Mid-Century
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
6 Stagecoach Lines and Railway Tracks
7 The Neighbours at Mid-Century
Beyond the Village Centre
Assorted Residents of Langstaff Road West in the Early 1840s
Hallowe'en Pranks at Langstaff Corners
Elgin Mills
Entertaining Girls at Twickenham Farm
Jefferson, Bond Lake, Oak Ridges
"The Passing of Headford Mill"
Headford and Dollar
Carrville, Patterson, and Temperanceville
Markham and Whitchurch, Vaughan and King
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

Beyond the Village Centre

The Naughton Brothers,Michael and John, operated their general store on the southwest corner at Elgin Mills from around 1870 to 1919. The Post Office was housed in the store from 1900 onwards.
Richmond Hill and vicinty, 1860. Mary-Lou Griffin, Richmond Hill Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
Richmond Hill survived the railway bypass in part because of the continuing importance of Yonge Street as a transportation route. But equally important to the community's continuing economic and pyschological health was the prosperity of the surrounding countryside. As long as the residents of neighbouring Markham and Vaughan,Whitchurch and King townships thrived, then Richmond Hill would continue to prosper as an agricultural service centre.

Beyond the heart of old Richmond Hill - but within or at the margin of the town's present boundaries - other small communities or "hamlets" were taking shape around mill sites and at crossroads by the middle of the nineteenth century. At various times in their history, several of these settlements stood poised to rival Richmond Hill as the dominant agricultural and commercial service centre of the region, although none ever succeeded. Whether large or small, growing or declining, each of these communities shaped its residents and helped contribute to the larger fabric that became the Richmond Hill of the late twentieth century.


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