Founding of Markham, The

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 bylaw of November 20, 1872, some eighteen months after the arrival of the Toronto and Nipissing Railway.


At the Markham Museum, Highway 48, Markham

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: Regional Municipality of York

Municipality: Town of Markham