Scott Kennedy witnessed the farms surrounding his North York childhood home being planted with a new cash crop of buildings. He joined the Toronto Musiciansâ€™ Association in 1969, but never lost his passion for history. He traces the evolution of a Toronto neighbourhood in his book Willowdale. Scott lives in a Heritage Conservation District he helped create in Torontoâ€™s Beach neighbourhood.
Stories of the evolution of Willowdale from its earliest acquisition of land to todayâ€™s urban environment.
In 1855, Willowdaleâ€™s post office opened in Jacob Cummerâ€™s store on Yonge Street. Today, streets in Torontoâ€™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 Kennedyâ€™s intriguing stories embrace the evolution of Willowdale from the earliest acquisition of land to todayâ€™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 Rocheâ€™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.
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.
â€¦those interested in Toronto history and the recent rural past of North York will find a wealth of information and entertaining stories in Willowdale.