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Schomberg is a village of about 3,000 residents in York Region, about an hour northwest of Toronto. Surrounding communities include Tottenham, Nobleton, Bolton, Alliston, Markham, Caledon East, Newmarket, and Barrie.
Schomberg has over 135 businesses and it’s a hub for the agricultural community in King Township and its neighboring communities. It’s also a strategic location, at the intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 9, to transportation routes to Southern Ontario.
The community is surrounded by the rolling hills of King Township. To Schomberg’s north are the farms of New Tecumseth and Holland Marsh, a major vegetable growing area in Ontario.
To the west of Schomberg is the hamlet of Lloydtown, where some of the leaders of the Upper Canada Rebellion lived. Starting at the Pioneer Cemetery is a path which takes you through the local countryside and you can see the rolling hills of King and Caledon.
South of Schomberg near the Allstone Quarry Products property is a large Inukshuk, a collection of stones assembled to resemble a human shape. It’s considered to be one of the largest in the world and is known as “Little Joe” by local residents.
The sculpture was constructed from 11 granite slabs brought in from the Grenville Mountains in the Canadian Shield, which as some of the oldest known rock formations. In the Inuit language, inukshuk means something that acts for, or performs the function of, a person. It is considered bad luck to disassemble an Inukshuk.
Schomberg was originally called Brownsville, named after the Brown family of four brothers who came from Pennsylvania and settled here in the 1830s. The brothers were responsible for establishing the first mill and the first bank in the area. In 1851, Brownsville had 135 inhabitants and a grist mill, a sawmill, a tannery, a two-room schoolhouse, and a church.
In 1861 when the community applied for a post office, the name Brownsville was turned down because another post office with the same name was already in operation in York County.
The following year in 1862, the community was renamed Schomberg, likely named for the third Duke of Schomberg and 1st Duke of Leinster, a general under King William III of England.
The Schomberg and Aurora railway operated from 1902 until 1927 and brought prosperity to Schomberg.
The village has continued to grow at a modest pace over the years and has kept its country charm.
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