July 21, 2019

Burr House Awarded 2019 Bert Hunt Heritage Award

The Richmond Hill Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2019 Bert Hunt Heritage Award has been given to Burr House. Burr House is being recognized for the remarkable achievement of 45 years of enrichment to the community, helping to shape the Cultural Heritage of the City of Richmond Hill. From the early preservation […]

Official Opening of Emery Creek Bike Path – May 26, 2019

For over 10 years, Edith George has served as an advisor to the non-profit Ontario Urban Forest Council. She is also the former Director of the Board of the Weston Historical Society. She has worked tirelessly to help preserve and save heritage trees, including the 300 year old oak tree on Coral Gables Drive in […]

Bert Hunt Heritage Award Call for Nominations

Recognizing Contributions to Preserving Richmond Hill’s Heritage Sponsored by The Richmond Hill Historical Society APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2019 This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the preservation of Richmond Hill’s past and efforts to raise awareness about the value of that past to the community and its citizens. This award also acknowledges the contributions made […]

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 […]

Richmond Hill’s Communities Within a Community

In 2018, the Richmond Hill Liberal ran a 4-part series series looking at communities within Richmond Hill that have retained their deep roots and identity. Richmond Hill’s communities within a community by Kim Zarzour (Introduction to the series) New Gormley: Unique Richmond Hill neighbourhood has ties that last by Kim Zarzour (Part 1) Oak Ridges: […]

Riding the Radial Line in Richmond Hill

Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (November 2018) by Andrea Kulesh, President Historically, Yonge Street has undergone constant improvement since its early beginnings. Currently, the town is experiencing construction of the new Metrolinx transportation system, “an integrated multimodal regional system that puts the traveller’s needs first.” In 1795, John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s first […]

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 […]

RHHS Annual General Meeting Notification

Monday January 21st, 2019   7:30 p.m. Member’s Notification ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING          & BRING AND BRAG Please join us to vote in the new 2019 Executive Committee for the year and hear how well we did in 2018 as a community society. After the official voting is completed please BRING along your precious treasures that you […]

“The Road to Mary Lake”

The Richmond Hill Historical Society presents: Monday October 15th 2018-7:30 p.m. Speaker – Kelly Matthews ….Brings her latest book, “The Road to Mary Lake” In 1910, Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, one of Edwardian Canada’s wealthiest men, started building his famed Casa Loma in Toronto. At the same time, he also started work on his country farm […]

Celebrating Culture Days at Burr House

“Celebrating Culture Days at Burr House” https://culturedays.ca SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2018             12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Free Admission  Event Activities Burr House Tea Room                                                            […]