Afternoon Teas and Events Experience The Past And The Present...
Set in picturesque Amos Wright Park, the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre is an 1840's Regency style cottage, fully restored to reflect this historical period. The house was the original home of Amos Wright, the first Reeve of Markham Township. When planning your visit to the Heritage Centre, don't forget your picnic basket and take the opportunity to stroll through the park. The beautiful gardens include herbs, heritage plants and of course, roses, a flower of great historical significance for Richmond Hill.
Educational Programs and Group Tours
Birthday Parties [PDF]
Doors Open Richmond Hill - May 14, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Galleries & Exhibits
Museum of the Streets
Heritage Centre Brochure [PDF]
Heritage Centre Advisory Committee
The History of Richmond Hill - A Traveller’s Roost
The rise of ground on which Richmond Hill stands was a natural stopping place for travellers on Yonge Street. And, in the 1800s, a settlement began to appear on the hill as Squire Abner Miles built a log house and opened a hotel for travellers. Miles soon became the hill’s most prominent resident and the inhabitants at this time decided to honour him by naming the settlement Miles Hill. It is presumed the hill remained know as Miles Hill until Abner Miles death in 1806, at which time it was changed to Mount Pleasant.
According to legend, in 1819, the Village was renamed Richmond Hill in honour of Charles Gordon Lennex, the fourth Duke of Richmond and the Governor General of British North America (now Canada). When the Duke stopped on the hill to rest and feed his horses during one of his trips up Yonge Street, he spoke with the workmen who were building the Presbyterian Church. Those who talked to Mr. Lennox found him very charming and pleasant. The crest and the motto of the Richmond Family were officially adopted by the Town in the 1920s.
Heritage Services is a part of the Community Services department of the Town of Richmond Hill. We offer a variety of services dedicated to the highlighting the rich history of the Richmond Hill community. This includes offering programs, events and workshops, curriculum based programming for schools and community groups, we feature changing exhibits showcasing the history of Richmond Hill and display many unique artifacts. Finally Heritage Services maintains a collection of historically significant artifacts from the early 19th
century to present time. The efforts of Heritage Services can be seen throughout the town. Exhibits and Programming are presented at many of the Town’s Community Centres and Heritage Homes, take in our outdoor Museum of the Streets
exhibit, the Doors Open
event, investigate our archeaology history at the A.J. Clark Interpretive Centre
and our pride and joy The Richmond Hill Heritage Centre
on Church Street.Museum Feasibility Study
In 2015, Richmond Hill undertook a Museum Feasibility Study to ensure that Richmond Hill's rich history and heritage is protected and accessible for future generations. The study examined the existing conditions of the Heritage Centre and its connection to the rest of the community. It also identified future options to ensure that the heritage programs and services continue as a viable community resource.
Read more in the Museum Feasibility Study [PDF]
The Museum Feasibility Study proposes an optioned approach for the development of a museum for Richmond Hill. The short-term goal is to create a strong presence and demonstrate value to the community. The recommendation suggests modest upgrades to the Heritage Centre, AJ Clark Interpretive Centre and Collections Storage Centre that will improve their suitability for Heritage Centre functions. An expansion to the programming, events and web-based initiatives, with the support of staff and a focused marketing approach are being suggested to increase the impact on the community.