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Richard MacLeod

Newmarket resident Richard MacLeod — the History Hound — has been a local historian for more than 40 years. He writes a weekly feature about our town's history in partnership with NewmarketToday, conducts heritage lectures and walking tours of local interest, and leads local oral history interviews

Recent Work by Richard

Wasn't that a party when Newmarket officially became a town

Wasn't that a party when Newmarket officially became a town

A grand celebration for the whole town was held on New Year's Eve 1880 when Newmarket cast aside its 'village' moniker to officially become a town Jan. 1, 1881
Main Street saw banks come and go, until Bank of Montreal arrived <b> (9 photos) </b>

Main Street saw banks come and go, until Bank of Montreal arrived (9 photos)

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes a look at the history of banks in Newmarket, beginning with the first one, the Royal Canadian British Bank, in 1865
Newmarket's early newspaper owners were men of influence

Newmarket's early newspaper owners were men of influence

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes a look at Newmarket's early newspaper publishers
There's gas in them thar Newmarket fields

There's gas in them thar Newmarket fields

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod tells the tale of the town's 'Great Gas Adventure'
Sale of farmland paved way for Newmarket's first 'shopping plaza'

Sale of farmland paved way for Newmarket's first 'shopping plaza'

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod, highlights the booming 1950s that saw the town transition from a peaceful, rural community to bustling suburbia
Will phoenix rise from 'ashes' of Main Street's old fire hall? <b> (8 photos) </b>

Will phoenix rise from 'ashes' of Main Street's old fire hall? (8 photos)

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod recalls the history of the abandoned building that was Newmarket's only fire hall until 1978
A closer look at Timothy Rogers, 'father of Newmarket'

A closer look at Timothy Rogers, 'father of Newmarket'

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod shares the story of the pioneer who brought several of his fellow Quakers from Vermont to settle along Yonge in 1801
Building lots in Newmarket's first subdivision sold for $50

Building lots in Newmarket's first subdivision sold for $50

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes you to Connought Gardens, the Town of Newmarket's first attempt at a planned community
In review of decades, the '60s mark massive growth in Newmarket

In review of decades, the '60s mark massive growth in Newmarket

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod caps off a year of articles with the highlights of the decades since Newmarket was incorporated as a village
A Christmas card from the History Hound

A Christmas card from the History Hound

This week, Richard MacLeod wraps up the year with the history of a once treasured Christmas tradition of sending cards to family and friends