July 21, 2019

Past Events

1988 – Founders Day

Abner MilesIn 1988 The Society held a “Founders Day” in the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Many of the early settlers of the Richmond Hill area are buried there including Abner Miles who passed away in 1806.

Celebrations included a service in the 1880 Presbyterian Church, laying of wreaths on the grave stones of some of the early settlers and refreshments in the adjacent Seniors Centre formerly the Richmond Hill Public School.


Contributions to local food bank

At our annual Christmas/Holiday Dinner every December, we encourage the Society members to bring either a non perishable food item or a cash donation to the Richmond Hill Food Bank. It is our way of sharing with the community.


April 2013 – Special Event

The Richmond Hill Historical Society


“140 Years Yonge”

Afternoon Tea and Silent Auction

Sunday April 21st, 2013

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Loyal True Blue and Orange Home

11181 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill

Celebrating 140 Years of Our Town Through the History of Yonge Street

A lovely Afternoon Tea, Entertainment, Silent Auction


Tour of the Historic Loyal True Blue & Orange Home

This event was held in the historic Loyal True Blue and Orange Home on Yonge Street as a fundraiser for the Society to upgrade much needed electronic equipment, to help with promotional materials and to finance a small publication about a special member of the society who passed away and left a legacy of editorials and nostalgic writings; to be published into a short book in 2014. Businesses, retirement residences and members donated a wonderful variety of silent auction items which were all sold. There was a wonderful luncheon, with a pianist softly playing in the background, tours of the historical building could be taken self-guided and historical photos were everywhere to enjoy. There were door prizes and each guest took home a table gift to enjoy. Dorothy Duncan, author and historian spoke about  the history of Yonge Street in honour of the 140th anniversary of the Town of Richmond Hill. We were very fortunate for the assistance and generosity of the Rice Group who own the Loyal True Blue and Orange Home. It currently houses many children’s agencies and initiatives including a Montessori school following the tradition of the original  use of the building as an orphange from the early 1920’s until 1971. The afternoon was a great success.

Barn Raising Supper (Fundraiser)

Barn RaisingThe fundraiser was an initiative of one of our executive members creating a partnership with the York Central Hospital to raise funds towards part of the new wing of the hospital. The entire event took place at the home of Marion & David Hills near the Mill Pond in the historical section of Richmond Hill. The event had many aspects to it and the atmosphere was like a small afternoon fair on a particularly pretty sunny day. Wonderful food was served on the lawn near their  old barn, a barber shop quartet sang to everyone, a brass band played on the front lawn under a beautiful old walnut tree. A silent auction was going on all during the festivities and was so successful that several thousands of dollars were raised as well as the tickets that were sold in advance for the event. We shared 50% of the profits to York Central Hospital from this initiative and gave a unique afternoon event that was enjoyed by everyone. It was a wonderful success.