Uxbridge History

Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge Public School Uxbridge Public School   The Original Building The photo above shows the original Public School on Victoria Drive in Uxbridge.   According to the Uxbridge/Scott Museum files, land was acquired and a new brick school was built on the site of the present Uxbridge Public School. Elementary students were located on the main floor with the […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Stupids (Film) The Stupids (Film – 1996) – Quaker Village Drive   Did you know in 1996 Stanley Stupid (Tom Arnold) lived on Quaker Village Drive in Uxbridge. Below are some screen shots from the movie showing Quaker Village Drive in 96′.   Scroll down to see the same street today.     Quaker Village Drive Today (2020)  
Uxbridge History History of Uxbridge Secondary School (USS) History of Uxbridge High School and Uxbridge Secondary School Uxbridge High School – 1887   Uxbridge High School In 1873 a school was built on the site of the current Uxbridge Public School.  Elementary students were located on the first floor and high school students on the second floor. Learn about the Uxbridge Public School […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Uxbridge Train Station Uxbridge Train Station   The Toronto & Nipissing Railway built the first Uxbridge station in 1870.   For many years the station was operated by the Grand Truck Railway and in 1904 the station we know today with its “witch’s hat” roof was built, shown below.             The first passenger […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Elgin Pond Elgin Pond Elgin Pond is located right in the heart of Uxbridge at the corners of Main Street South and Mill Street.     The photo above is a post card showing the view of the pond looking north from Main Street, taken in 1905.  You can see the Oatmeal Mill at the north end […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Bascom House/Hotel THE BASCOM HOUSE / HOTEL   https://scugogheritage.com/history/uxbridgefirst100.pdf         https://scugogheritage.com/history/uxbridgefirst100.pdf   The Bascom House was built in 1884 on the north side of Brock Street right where Bascom Street meets Brock Street.   It was used as a hotel until 1920 when it was sold to Harold Cave, the owner of The North Ontario […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Downtown (Brock Street W & Spruce St) Downtown Uxbridge – Brock Street West and Spruce Street   The corner of Brock and Spruce Street has seen a few changes over the years. William Henry built the building in the photo above in 1885.  It was later expanded to the east to where the current post office is located.  Unfortunately in 1902 this building was […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Roxy Theatre The Roxy Theatre     The quonset-style building was originally built in 1949 at the corner of Brock Street and Toronto Street.  It opened as the RIO Theatre and in 1951 the name was changed to the ROXY when the Theatre Amusement Company purchased it.  In the 1970’s the theatre was closed and then reopened as […]
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Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Downtown Uxbridge – Brock Street, West Downtown Uxbridge – Brock Street, West Above:  View of Wixan’s Bridge, the Lt. Col. Samuel Sharpe memorial and Post Office as seen today (2022).   Below is Brock Street W from a similar vantage point taken in the early 1900’s.  At the time this photo was taken the house was owned by Michael O’Neil a local […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Mansion House Hotel – Martin’s Hotel Mansion House Hotel – Martin’s Hotel   Located at the south-west corner of Brock Street and Toronto Street was the Mansion House Hotel.   The hotel was built in 1871 by Joseph Gould and was originally known as the Mansion House Hotel.  According to “Uxbridge The Good Old Days” Jim Martin later owned it as Martins […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesdays | Methodist Church (now Trinity United Church) – 1888 – 2022 – 134 Years.     The above two photos show the original corner stones.  The 1888 stone is located on the north east corner of the church and the Methodist Church stone is located on the south east corner with the main entrance to the church in between them.   The congregation of the Methodist Church was founded in 1858.  […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Palmer Piano Factory / Gold Medal Radio & Phonograph Company     The map below is a section from the Uxbridge Insurance plan drawings from 1910 showing the corner of Brock St and Victoria Ave.   According to Tales From The Uxbridge Valley, written by Alan McGillivray “After a fire at the Uxbridge Piano and Organ Company in 1907, the Palmer Piano Company built a huge […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Uxbridge Municipal Office The Uxbridge Municipal Office Located at 51 Toronto Street South,  right in the heart of town.  The building was originally built in 1958 and was the home of the St Joseph’s Separate School.   Over the years the student population grew and in 1990 they moved to their new location on Quaker Village Drive.   […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Downtown Uxbridge North West Above:  View of Wixan’s Bridge and Post Office as seen today.   Below:  Similar view during the Santa Claus Parade in 1961.  The two houses in the background where torn down and replaced with the Post Office, Wixan’s Bridge and the parking lot.
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Military Cannon Military Cannon in Veterans Memorial Park The cannon sits on display near the old location of the beach, swimming area and docks of Elgin Pond where during the 50s, 60s & 70s it was a favourite spot for swimmers to hang their towels or lay on while drying off after a swim in the spring-fed […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Quaker Meeting House Quaker Meeting House or the Friends Meeting House     According to the Quaker Meeting House’s website the building is the oldest structure in Uxbridge. It was built in 1820 and replaced an older building from 1809.  Located on Quaker Hill over looking Uxbridge from the west. The following is taken from the Quaker Meeting House […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Elgin Pond Water Trough Who remembers the drinking fountain at Elgin Pond? Located at the corner of Main St S and Mill St is the spring fed water trough.   Kids used to lay down in the trough to get soaked by the cold spring water and then jump into the pond, making the pond water feel warmer. As kids […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Commercial Hotel The Commercial Hotel – 1868 The above photo taken in 2020 shows the Commercial Hotel in its present location at 37 Main Street N.   The building was home to the Hobby Horse Arms for many years, which featured one of the largest single malt scotch collection in the greater GTA.  There was a pub located […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | The Uxbridge CO-OP The Uxbridge CO-OP   Growing up in Uxbridge the CO-OP was a thriving business and a place for all the local famers to get their supplies. We were always told to stay away from it as kids but we were attracted to all the equipment, tractors and trucks in the parking lot. The parking lot […]
Uxbridge History We Look Back Wednesday’s | Uxbridge’s History | Road To Avonlea Road To Avonlea The set was constructed just south of Uxbridge. Road to Avonlea is a Canadian television series first broadcast in Canada between January 7, 1990, and March 31, 1996.   Who remembers driving by with the hopes of catching a glimpse of filming or seeing one of the stars?