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Willowdale: Yesterday's Farms, Today's Legacy

Willowdale: Yesterday's Farms, Today's Legacy

by Scott Kennedy
     
 

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Stories of the evolution of Willowdale from its earliest acquisition of land to today’s urban environment.

In 1855, Willowdale’s post office opened in Jacob Cummer’s store on Yonge Street. Today, streets in Toronto’s community of Willowdale are peppered with the names of the early farm families of North York, such as the Shepards, Finches

Overview

Stories of the evolution of Willowdale from its earliest acquisition of land to today’s urban environment.

In 1855, Willowdale’s post office opened in Jacob Cummer’s store on Yonge Street. Today, streets in Toronto’s community of Willowdale are peppered with the names of the early farm families of North York, such as the Shepards, Finches, and Kennedys.

Author Scott Kennedy’s intriguing stories embrace the evolution of Willowdale from the earliest acquisition of land to today’s urban environment. You will read about combat training for the ill-fated Rebellion of 1837 that took place in the community fields; about Mazo de la Roche’s estate, Windrush Hills, which stood at Bayview and Steeles, and is a Zorastrian temple today; about the Kingsdale Jersey Farm, which was located on Bayview until 1972; and about Green Meadows, the estate of "Bud" McDougald, which was the last operating farm in North York.

Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star Mike Filey

"A great read for any Torontonian interested in the history of his or her city. And perfect for former Torontonians as well."
Toronto Sun

"A great read for any Torontonian interested in the history of his or her city. And perfect for the former Torontonian as well."
Toronto Sun Mike Filey
A great read for any Torontonian interested in the history of his or her city. And perfect for the former Torontonian as well.
OHS Bulletin
In breezy chapters sketching the stories of main characters and their stakes in the community, well-illustrated in photographs, this is a clearly-written account of Willowdale's rural legacy that takes readers to its urban present.
Beach Metro News
…those interested in Toronto history and the recent rural past of North York will find a wealth of information and entertaining stories in Willowdale.
From the Publisher
A great read for any Torontonian interested in the history of his or her city. And perfect for the former Torontonian as well.

In breezy chapters sketching the stories of main characters and their stakes in the community, well-illustrated in photographs, this is a clearly-written account of Willowdale's rural legacy that takes readers to its urban present.

…those interested in Toronto history and the recent rural past of North York will find a wealth of information and entertaining stories in Willowdale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459717503
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
12/17/2013
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Scott Kennedy witnessed the farms surrounding his North York childhood home being planted with a new cash crop of buildings. He joined the Toronto Musicians' Association in 1969, but as a professional musician he never lost his passion for history. Scott lives in a Historical Conservation District he helped create in Toronto's Beach neighbourhood.

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