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About The Foundation

The Thornhill Heritage Foundation was founded in 2009 to own and maintain assets deemed to be of significant heritage, historic, cultural importance, or of major financial value



About The Robert West House

The Robert West Heritage House, as 7780 Yonge Street is known, is the only house in Thornhill to be continuously inhabited by the same family since it was built. Robert Arthur West (1816 - 1884), an English immigrant, came to Upper Canada in the 1830s. 



About Mrs. Keith

Katherine Louisa Keith (nee West) was born in Toronto in 1912. She was the great grandaughter of Robert West and became his last living descendent.


In 2008, with her advancing age, she decided that the best way to ensure that the house was preserved was to donate it 

Pictures of the Robert West House

Thornhill was founded in 1794. Its first settlers on Yonge Street in Thornhill were Asa Johnson (who settled on the Vaughan side) and Nicholas Miller (who settled on the Markham side). Of particular importance was the arrival of Benjamin Thorne in 1820, who was operating a gristmill, a sawmill, and a tannery in the community. The settlement came to be known as Thorne's Mills, and later, Thorne's Hill, from which its current name is derived. More





Thornhill Event Centre at 7780 Yonge Street,


Robert West Heritage House








(sponsored by THF)


2022 - EVENT 2

Rock, Paper … Wireless
Communication through the Ages 
Saturdays - September 3rd to October 8th 2022

Sundays   - September 4th to October 9th 2022

11am to 3 pm

Robert West Heriitage House, 7780 Yonge Street, Thornhill


Pick A Picket Fundraiser - 2022


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