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The following points of interest will lead you on a self-guided tour through the Heritage District of old Thornhill, which celebrated its bicentennial in 1994. Settlement began when Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe advertised lots on Yonge Street, as it stretched northward from Lake Ontario. The name Thornhill did not come into existence until 1829 when Benjamin Thorne, a local merchant, was successful in having a post office established. By then it was the largest milling centre north of York (Toronto). The central core of the original village is a fine example of heritage preservation. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the past when Ontario (then Upper Canada) was young. Walking Tour Map
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