Weston was founded in 1796 shortly after Lt-Governor Simcoe sent his surveyors to the area north of Lake Ontario along the Humber River in 1792. One of his surveyors, John Countryman, saw the potential of the area, settled here and built a sawmill along the banks. The village grew on both sides of the river but a disastrous flood in 1850 destroyed the west bank of the river. The east side continued to prosper and with the advent of rail travel in 1856 with the Grand Trunk Railway and a stop in Weston, the village continued to prosper and grow. The next 100 years saw significant growth, with many industries flourishing including the CCM plant, Moffat Stoves, and the Kodak factory. It had its own school system, police/fire services and Mayor/Reeve. In 1914, a grant from the Carnegie Foundation in New York allowed the community to build a beautiful library which still stands today and is currently celebrating it’s centenary year. Our Humberstone walls are unique and very desirable!
Weston was incorporated in 1881 as a town and remained so until 1967 when it was amalgamated into the City of York. Weston continued to be a hub of activity and commerce until the late 1980’s until economic forces took their toll. With the new rail services and new interest in the area, Weston is considered ‘untapped’ by today’s real estate community.
- The Lost Village of Weston – an excellent short history of the area.
The following articles were written by Cherri Hurst of the Weston Historical Society and reprinted by courtesy of the Guardian newspaper:
- Cruickshank Park
- Fictional Letter From Thomas L. Moffat to his sister, Marion
- History of the Weston Library
- Three Miles Long and Sixty-six Feet Wide – A Brief History of Weston, Ontario
- Lost in Weston – A History of Weston Street Names
- Researching a House
- Weston Heritage Conservation District
- Weston Collegiate Alumni Foundation
- The Weston Historical Society educates and promotes, “a respect for our roots, community, and heritage structures.”
Weston’s rich history is illuminated by historical plaques scattered through the neighbourhood.