Toronto Neighbourhood Guide


History of King

King Township’s first settlements began to take shape in the 1820s. Most of the first settlers to this area were Pennsylvania German Quakers in search of land and opportunity in the new world. They were joined by United Empire Loyalists from the United States.

The Holland River and the Humber River which both flow through King Township, were major catalysts for growth. These two rivers powered the many saw and grist mills that defined King Township’s industrious pioneer settlements. These mill operators worked hand in hand with the hard working grain farmers that once proliferated throughout King Township.

To get a feel for what a typical King Township hamlet would have looked like 200 years ago, one need only visit the Village of Kettleby, located west of Keele Street, on Kettleby Road. A street sign will let you know you have arrived in “A place called Kettleby”. Kettleby is a sleepy hollow where time has indeed stood still. An old stone church, the Kettleby General Store, and a small number of quaint century homes, with whimsical front porches, will enchant all those who happen to drive by.


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