Jefferson School House Decision

Jefferson School House

The Richmond Hill Historical Society was pleased with the outcome of the Wednesday, February 12, 2020 City Council meeting, when Council voted unanimously to deny an application to demolish the Jefferson Schoolhouse. Council also passed a motion asking City staff to look at options for preserving and restoring the Schoolhouse, including the option of the City purchasing the property.

During their deliberations, Councilors discussed a few of those options, including one that would see the building restored and used, perhaps, as a new school, or one that would see the building restored and become part of a larger development on the site. The Historical Society was also pleased to have been part of the efforts to save the Schoolhouse. The Society was a delegate at Council’s meeting on January 22nd, when Council first discussed the application to demolish, and presented a petition to Council advocating for the Schoolhouse’s preservation. The Society also spoke to Council at the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12th, urging Councillors to save the building.

Needless to say, we were happy with the result.

I Read Canadian with Melanie Florence

Heritage Week and I Read Canadian Afternoon Tea at the Heritage Centre

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Two sittings to choose from: 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

  • Sip some warmth into winter with an afternoon tea at the Heritage Centre
  • Enjoy sweet treats, scones with cream and jam and signature tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Celebrate Ontario Trust Heritage Week with a reading by celebrated author Melanie Florence

Cost: $12.50 per person tax included

The City of Richmond Hill’s Heritage Centre is located at 19 Church Street North. To learn more and to make your reservation, visit the Heritage Centre website’s Afternoon Tea page or call 905.780.3802.

There will also be a free Open House on the same day from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Come and discover what is happening at the Centre as part of Ontario Heritage Week. Visit the current exhibit Coming Up Roses and learn about the history of the rose growing industry that put Richmond Hill on the map as the “rose capital of Canada.” Melanie will give deliver another reading at 2:15 pm.

David Dunlap Observatory Declared National Historic Site

Exciting news as the David Dunlap Observatory is declared one of eight new national historic sites by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Read the full article online by Sheila Wang of the Richmond Hill Liberal.

Photograph by Peter Wilson
Photograph by Peter Wilson

Summer Time Teas at the Heritage Centre

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Heritage Centre in the Gardenview Room overlooking Amos Wright Park. During the summer months, you can also enjoy tea on the patio, while taking in the views of the beautiful gardens in the park.

Fresh baked goods are served along with Richmond Hill’s exclusive Signature Private Blend Tea or one of our other loose blend teas. To register, visit the City of Richmond Hill’s Heritage Centre webpage.

Victorian Mystery: Live History Traditional Tea – Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where: Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, 19 Church Street North
When: Saturday, June 8, 2019

It’s 1860 and you’re invited to the rehearsal for the wedding of Mr. John Harrington to Miss Elizabeth, only daughter of Amos Wright Esq., M.P.P. Will the theatrical tea reception go as planned, despite the fact the bride’s heirloom ring is missing?

Step back in time and help interactive performers from the Governor General’s award-nominated theatre company, Live History, ensure the celebration continues.

This entertaining tea includes: a selection of dainty sandwiches, tasty sweets, scones with cream and jam. Enjoy our loose tea blends, coffee or lemonade, as well as a mystery to solve!

Four sittings to choose from. Please register online at www.RichmondHill.ca/ActiveRH or at any community centre. Ages 12 yrs +

  • 11 a.m Code: 35974
  • 1 p.m Code: 43081
  • 3 p.m. Code: 43082
  • 5 p.m. Code: 43083

Advance registration: $37.50 per person (HST Included)

At the door: $43 per person (HST Included) – subject to availability

Richmond Hill Heritage Centre
19 Church Street North
www.RichmondHill.ca/HeritageCentre
905-780-3802