July 21, 2019

Richmond Hill’s French aristocrats

‘The tenure of the French aristocrats in Richmond Hill was short-lived’ Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (May 30, 2019) by Jim Vollmershausen, Vice-President, Richmond Hill Historical Society Over 220 years ago, in 1798, a group of royalist exiles from revolutionary France arrived in Upper Canada and settled in what is now Richmond Hill. […]

Jerry Smith: A Man in His Time

Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (April 2019) by Mary-Jane Celsie A look back at Richmond Hill’s internationally renowned watch and clock maker by Mary-Jane Celsie When Jerry Smith, Richmond Hill’s internationally renowned watch and clock maker, died in January of 1953, the Liberal paid tribute in these words: “In the passing of Jerry […]

Susannah Maxwell: A Life Well Lived

This past February, Richmond Hill Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Librarian Peter Wilson shared the story of Susannah Maxwell, one of Richmond Hill’s prominent historical figures with the Richmond Hill Liberal. At the time of her death in February of 1923, she had reached the astounding age of 117 and only a month short […]