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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

Fashion models once strolled Main with hats of velvet, flowers, feathers

Fashion models once strolled Main with hats of velvet, flowers, feathers

In this first of a two-part series, History Hound Richard MacLeod recalls Newmarket's booming local commerce of the early 1900s
Lessons from Hurricane Hazel will never be forgotten <b> (21 photos) </b>

Lessons from Hurricane Hazel will never be forgotten (21 photos)

The 1954 storm took our community by surprise, and had devastating impact, Newmarket's History Hound, Richard MacLeod, recall in this week's Remember This
Lessons from Hurricane Hazel will never be forgotten <b> (21 photos) </b>

Lessons from Hurricane Hazel will never be forgotten (21 photos)

The 1954 storm took our community by surprise, and had devastating impact, Newmarket's History Hound, Richard MacLeod, recall in this week's Remember This
Years of hardship plagued Newmarket settlers after War of 1812

Years of hardship plagued Newmarket settlers after War of 1812

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights the toll taken by a serious depression, the 'year without summer', and unresponsive political system
Newmarket men stepped up to bravely fight in War of 1812

Newmarket men stepped up to bravely fight in War of 1812

History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights how local figures were involved in the war between Great Britain and the United States
Newmarket men stepped up to bravely fight in War of 1812

Newmarket men stepped up to bravely fight in War of 1812

In this week's Remember This, Newmarket's History Hound, Richard MacLeod, highlights how local figures were involved in the war between Great Britain and the United States
Newmarket citizens once paid for their own coveted streetlamps

Newmarket citizens once paid for their own coveted streetlamps

In this week's Remember This, Newmarket's History Hound, Richard MacLeod relates Newmarket's journey into the light — from candlelight to electric lighting
Tales of Newmarket's taverns, hotels include murder, circuses, Morse's telegraph

Tales of Newmarket's taverns, hotels include murder, circuses, Morse's telegraph

In this week's Remember This?, Newmarket History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights how the early establishments provided weary travellers a warm meal and bed, and were the place for a drink, company, entertainment and even murder
Newmarket's small band of Catholic pioneers built first church in 1840

Newmarket's small band of Catholic pioneers built first church in 1840

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod looks at the roots of today's St. John Chrysostom Church
Interviewing family, friends helps capture local history before it's lost

Interviewing family, friends helps capture local history before it's lost

In this week's Remember This, Newmarket History Hound Richard MacLeod shares tips to conduct successful oral history recordings — you may have the time during the pandemic