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Eatonville

History of Eatonville

Eatonville began as a farming community in the early 1800's. One of its first residents was Peter Shaver who donated a portion of his property at Bloor Street and Highway 27 for the local school. This school was affectionately known as the "Swamp School" because of all the frogs that lived in the bushes and marshes nearby.

Peter Shaver's homestead and adjoining farms were purchased in the 1890's and early 1900's by Timothy Eaton the patriarch of Eaton's Department Store. Eaton donated a portion of his land to the local school which was renamed "Eatonville" in his honour. Eventually this entire area also became known as Eatonville.

The Eaton Farm provided meat, poultry, vegetables and dairy products for Eatons stores right up until the early 1950's when it was subdivided for residential development. In 1955, the rapid growth of this community led to the building of the present day Eatonville School on Rossburn Drive, near the site of the original "Swamp School" where it all began.

Ed Note: Peter Shaver's "Applewood House", was relocated in 1980 to 450 The West Mall where it now stands as a historic museum.

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