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Lloydtown

Lloydtown today doesn’t give the impression of its important role in Canada’s early history.  Jesse Lloyd, a Pennsylvania Quaker, and his 14 year old wife Phoebe Crossley, settled the area and started the first grist mill in 1826.  Growth quickly followed and within several years the area included two churches, two cooperages, three hotels, three blacksmith shops, a tannery, several stores and more.  By 1831 the populations quick growth required a post office, general store and soon a couple of hotels appeared on the Main Street.

Joining Willion Lyon Mackenzie, and disenchanted with the government of Upper Canada, Jesse Lloyd organized and led others in the failed 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion in York (Toronto), thereby becoming a leading community figure. 

 

the old lloydtown schoolhouseThe Old Lloydtown Schoolhouse shown above is now a private residence on Centre Street, Lloydtown.

Unresolved with the issues that plagued him and with the government troops hot on his heels, Lloyd fled to the United Sates after Mackenzie was defeated and he died in exile at the age of 53. Beginning near the Pioneer Cemetery is a path which takes you on a walking tour - up and down through the countryside.  Along the way, one can view the surrounding rolling hills of King as well as Caledon to the west.  The Lloyd family cemetery and a statue dedicated to the rebels stand as a reminder of its past. 

Lloydtown lies to the west of Schomberg, along Church Street and begins just past the new King water tower.

For 50 years after its founding by the Jesse Lloyd family, it was said that Lloydtown was second in importance as a significant community to the town of Toronto itself.  When the Ontario, Simcoe and Union Railroad was constructed between 1851-55 and ran from Toronto through Richmond Hill and then north to the settlement of Barrie, it was decided to by-pass Lloydtown and an era ended.

The Old Lloydtown Schoolhouse shown is now a private residence on Centre Street, Lloydtown.