Stories of Newmarket - Dundurn

Stories of Newmarket

An Old Ontario Town

Published April 2011


Newmarket, one of the oldest communities in Ontario, was founded on the Upper Canadian frontier in 1801 by Quakers from the United States. Fur traders, entrepreneurs, millers, and many others were soon to follow, some seeking independence, some seeking wealth, and some even seeking freedom from creditors. The community was at the heart of the 1837 Rebellion, found prosperity when a stop on the colonys first railway, and has sent military personnel to every war in Canadas history since the War of 1812. Once a terminal on the street railway from Toronto to Lake Simcoe, Newmarket also bears the remnants of an aborted 19th-century barge canal. It was the seat of the York County government and today is the headquarters for the Region of York. Behind these events and many others that have shaped Newmarket’s history are the people. Tradespeople, the core of the community, aspiring or experienced politicians including Family Compact members, rebels, war heroes, and even a frontier doctor who lived to the age of 118. Here are their stories, all illuminating the early history of Newmarket.



Robert Terence Carter

Robert Carter grew up in Newmarket and was editor of the newspaper The Newmarket Era from 1968-1985. For many years he wrote a weekly local history column for the Era. In 1974 he founded the Newmarket Historical Society. Mr. Carter has been awarded many honours in recognition of his significant contribution to the history of his community and Canada.

Book Details

April 2011
6x9 in
284 pp
April 2011
284 pp