Gormley History: In the early nineteenth century, 16 Mennonite families from Pennsylvania relocated in the Gormley area near the present intersection of Woodbine Avenue and Stouffville Road. The hamlet got its name from James Gormley, the first postmaster, in 1854.
In 1904 construction of a railway from James Bay was begun in order to open up southern markets. This railway line, now, runs through what came to be known as New Gormley near Leslie Street and Stouffville Road. By 1907 the Gormley station was built, and businesses and homes sprang up. In the 1920's with the emergence of the trucking industry, the importance of the railway in the growth of Gormley started to diminish. Today, the Canadian National Railway operates the railway line, but there are no more stops in Gormley.
At present, Highway 404 divides the community of Gormley. "Gormley's Corners" lies on the east side in the Township of Whitchurch/Stouffville. "New Gormley" lies on the west side in Richmond Hill. Originally, Stouffville Road between Woodbine Avenue and Yonge Street used to be called Gormley Sideroad, and vehicular traffic ran through the hamlet and over the CNR tracks. Now, Stouffville Road by-passes Gormley, altogether. Only pedestrians can cross the tracks, and traffic is limited to Gormley Road East and Gormley Road West.
Gormley: Community Highlights
Highlights of Gormley include "Heise Hill" Brethren in Christ Church, the Polo Centre on Leslie Street, the quaintness of the Hamlet, itself, and the original homestead of the Doner family. According to John Doner, as of January, 2011, "there are nine generations of Doners on the ground." And, who can forget "L0H 1G0" the Gormley postal code. Unforgettable, too, were the 42 deer behind my Dad's home one sunny, autumn, Sunday afternoon, tree frogs so loud at night that sleeping was impossible, groundhogs, wolves and Jefferson Salamanders that kept drowning in the family pool years before they were "discovered."
Gormley Real Estate:The Gormley real estate market in Richmond Hill, basically, falls into three categories. The Hamlet of Gormley, itself, is made up of mainly older homes. Century homes with historical designations, occasionally, come on the market offering a special attraction and lifestyle for a select number of buyers.
Gormley: History In Homes
Farms and properties with larger acreages can still be found, but usually at a premium, as many are owned by those hoping to develop the land in the future.
For the third category we must look back to the 1970's. At that time Gormley was considered a prestige community. Gormley Sideroad with its tall trees and large lots attracted those who wanted privacy and larger homes. To fill this need, applications for residential estate subdivisions were submitted, and, ultimately, approved by the Town of Richmond Hill over time. But, because of the lack of municipal services in the Gormley area, each new lot required a drilled well and septic tank system if development was to proceed. To accommodate these private services, the lots needed to be larger. Lots of one to three acres in size became the standard for the newer estate subdivisions. Hence, the aura of exclusive living on larger properties in prestige Gormley was kept alive.
"Trailwood" Estates: Gormley
The first estate development was "Trailwood" at the southeast corner of Gormley Sideroad and Bayview Avenue. Nestled among tall pines, this subdivision was considered the best in Richmond Hill for its time.
Hi-View Estates: Gormley
Then, "Hi-View Estates" began on the south side of Stouffville Road east of the Trailwood development. It was completed in two phases, and a third phase was recently added to the south of it against the railway tracks. Estate homes on Glen Meadow Lane south of Stouffville Road on the west side of Bayview and on Bridgewater Drive nestled between Trailwood and Hi-View Estates followed.
Bayview Country Estates: Gormley
Bayview Country Estates south of Trailwood on the east side of Bayview Avenue completed the estate subdivision scenario. This project was approved, lastly, and the overall appearance seems more modern than the earlier subdivisions. Many of these homes have a great view of the southern skyline and the City of Toronto.
Stamp, R. M., Early Days in Richmond Hill, A History of the Community to 1930, Richmond Hill Public Library Board, 1991.
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Schools in the Gormley Area:
Beynon Fields P.S. (F.I.)
Bond Lake P.S.
Lake Wilcox P.S.
Windham Ridge P.S. (F.I.)
Richmond Green S.S.
Richmond Hill H.S.
Corpus Christi C.E.S.
Father Frederick McGinn C.E.S.
Our Lady of the Annunciation C.E.S.
St. Marguerite D'Youville C.E.S.
Jean Vanier C.H.S.
St. Theresa of Lisieux C.H.S.
Gormley Lake Wilcox Daycares
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