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Jefferson,Bond Lake,Oak Ridges
Yonge Street north of
Elgin Mills supported a
number of small settlements in the middle of the nineteenth century, each with
its own claim to continuing fame. Opposite
Anglican Church offered spiritual comfort to the weary traveller.
Erected as a wooden frame structure in 1848, the now brick-clad building is the
oldest church edifice in present-day
Bond Lake, comfort of
another sort awaited travellers at the well-known
Bond Lake Hotel.
Built in 1834, the hotel boasted twenty overnight rooms, plus a grand ballroom,
and provided the setting for local dances and sleigh-ride parties. Nearby was
the fifty-five-acre (twenty-hectare) spring-fed lake itself, which attracted
generations of nineteenth-and early twentieth-century swimmers
Hotel and stables.
and boaters in summer months, while curlers and skaters
used its frozen ice for their winter sports.
|Poster for a picnic at
Oak Ridges, the
mid-nineteenth-century traveller encountered a community nucleus of a hotel,
office, and blacksmith shop. In the early years of the twentieth
century, this emerging community would profit from its location at the junction
Schomberg & Aurora electric railway lines and from
its proximity to summer cottage development around
Lake Wilcox. Still
later, in the closing decades of the twentieth century,
Oak Ridges would become
Richmond Hill's major
northern commercial and residential area.
|The Routledge family of
Oak Ridges. Pictured
left to right are: mail carrier
Routledge on the grass,
(Mrs. Peter) Routledge,Lucy
Routledge (Peter's sister), and
Watson on the grass.
Routledge was appointed postmaster at
Oak Ridges in 1889,
and ran the mail operation from his home.
Routledge's blacksmith shop at
Oak Ridges, with
|Drynoch, the residence
Macleod, west of
Yonge Street and
Sideroad. Macleod built the home in 1846, named it after his home estate
in Scotland, and made it the headquarters of his vast 600-acre (about
240-hectare) Canadian farming operation. One of his sons, Colonel
Macleod, achieved fame with the North-West Mounted Police and came to be
regarded as a founding father of southern Alberta.
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