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    • 384 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Canada,
    • history,
    • Hogg's Hollow,
    • Ontario,
    • pioneers,
    • Toronto,
    • York Mills

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Tales From the Hollow
The Story of Hogg's Hollow and York Mills
by Scott Kennedy

This story begins some 13,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, before travelling thousands of years ahead to the early pioneers and the farms they established, and right up to the present day. Readers will learn how the local St. John’s Anglican Church welcomed its first worshippers when Beethoven was still performing in the concert halls of Europe. They will meet Cornelius van Nostrand, born in 1730—twenty-six years before Mozart and eleven years before the first performance of Handel’s Messiah—and now at rest in St. John’s churchyard. This rich history also includes such diverse figures as Amelia Earhart—who discovered her love of flying at an aerodrome overlooking Hogg’s Hollow—and Northern Dancer, the most influential Thoroughbred racehorse in history. Members of the British Royal Family—including two Kings of England—were also regular visitors to the area, staying in later years with E.P. Taylor and his wife Winifred at the Taylors’ Windfields Farm, where Northern Dancer was also a resident.

Scott Kennedy, born in Toronto and raised on R.R. #1, York Mills, has a first-hand understanding of the area’s history. In addition to this book, he has written Willowdale: Yesterday's Farms, Today's Legacy (2013); Don Mills: From Forests and Farms to Forces of Change (2017); and 200 Years at St. John's York Mills: The Oldest Church in Toronto (2016). He is involved with several historical societies, is a recipient of the Canada 150 Heritage Pin, and has been giving talks and presentations on North York history since 2013. Today, Scott lives in a Heritage Conservation District he helped create in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood.


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