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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. Our current proerty is:

Robert West Heritage House

7780 Yonge Street (entrance off Old Yonge Street) L4J 1W3 



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 



Are you searching for an unusual, one of a kind, gift?

The Thornhill Heritage Foundation is now offering you an opportunity to give a unique and lasting gift, or memorial, to a special someone, while also contributing to a worthwhile cause.

Most of you are no doubt aware of the Robert West Heritage House, with its lovely white picket fence (picture), located on the west side of Yonge Street, just a little north of Centre Street in Old Thornhill.

Did you know that this is the only picket fence to be found on the west side of Yonge Street between the north shore of Lake Ontario and the community of Oak Ridges?

Regrettably, our now aging white picket fence (picture) isn't so lovely anymore as much of its structure and many of the pickets are in an advanced state of decay. The fence requires a full replacement - hence our "Pick A Picket" Fundraising Campaign.

For a donation of $50 you can have your name, a friend's name, the name of your favourite pet or maybe your family's name engraved on a weatherproof plaque which will be permanently attached to one of the new pickets (picture) installed on the replacement Robert West Heritage House picket fence overlooking Yonge Street.

 Local Thornhill Corporate and Business establishment plaques are also available for a Donation of $ 250 per picket.

A tax receipt, if requested, will be available.

An application form may be found here.

A "thank you" page may be found here

"Pick A Picket" donations may be sent by e-transfer to or by cheque to the Thornhill Heritage Foundation, 7780 Yonge St. Thornhill, Ontario L4J 1W3

We are pleased to announce that the new picket fence along Yonge Street has been installed.

Many thanks to all our supporters.
The line of the fence was determined by the location of undergound services.
The fence has to 'weather' over the winter, after which it will be painted white.
The names, submitted by our supporters, are being prepared for installation after the painting.



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