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Doors Open Richmond Hill 2014

Continuing our Doors Open event list for great environmentally minded Doors Open sites in and around the GTA and Hamilton. This week’s event highlights focuses on heritage sites in Richmond Hill which is located just north of Toronto. But before we highlight some great heritage sites to check out this coming weekend, let’s take a look at the history of Richmond Hill.

Richmond Hill started off as a “natural stopping place” for people traveling north on Yonge Street. Then around the 1800s, a settlement began in Richmond Hill and the first hotel to open in Richmond Hill was built and opened by Squire Abner Miles. Miles quickly became the most prominent resident of this aforementioned settlement and to honour Abner Hill, the settlement soon became known as Miles Hill. After Miles’ death in 1806, the name of the “settlement on the hill” was soon changed to Mount Pleasant. Then, according to legend, in 1819, the village’s name was changed to Richmond Hill, it’s current name, in honour in Charles Gordon Lennex, Duke of Richmond and Governor General of Canada. So now we have a better lay of the land, let’s explore some great sites to visit on May 10th, 2014.

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  • Thomas Boynton House, located within Richmond Green Park, is a designated heritage site. Still the original house in its original site, the Thomas Boynton House is now used as a community art exhibition space. A classic Ontario farmhouse architecture, this is a great site to not only connect with history, but also connect with nature due to the Thomas Boynton House’s location within the Richmond Green Park.
  • The Richmond Hill Lawn Bowling Club was formed in 1918, and now, the club has settled nicely into its surroundings of mature trees and parkland. This is a great site to visit for Doors Open as it gives you an opportunity to go outside to check out a site.
  • Gormley Wagon Tour is a great activity to do for May 10th as a guided horse-drawn wagon ride through Richmond Hill’s designated heritage district.
  • If you were looking to do something a bit more active, Richmond Hill has an outdoor high and low ropes challenge course and a climbing wall at the Eyre-Wideman Homestead. Originally one of the earliest examples of a “Pennsylvania-German Mennonite dwelling” in Richmond Hill. Now, this designated site serves as a local youth centre.


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