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The Founding of Markham

The Founding of Markham

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted April, 2004

The Founding of Markham

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted November, 2010

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Markham
In front of the Markham Museum
on the west side of Main Street North
just north of 16th Avenue

Coordinates: N 43 53.643 W 79 15.878


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Plaque Text

The earliest settlers in this part of Markham Township, including several "Pennsylvania Dutch", arrived on the Rouge River shortly after 1800. Within ten years Nicholas Miller had erected mills around which a community known as Markham Mills had developed by about 1820. A village plot (Reesorville) was laid out north of the mills in 1826 by Joseph Reesor. Two years later a post office named Markham was opened. By 1850 the village had a population of 650 and contained such industries as a woollen mill, a foundry and a distillery. Markham was incorporated as a village under a by-law of November 20, 1872, some eighteen months after the arrival of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway.



Markham Plaques

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> Posted September 22, 2009
Came across this site while seeking connections to my surname Markham. Never mind, I don't think it's what I'm looking for but I really enjoyed reading about the township and my online visit to the Museum !
Chris Markham. UK.

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