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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

County once manned toll gates for travel along Yonge

County once manned toll gates for travel along Yonge

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod shares an array of interesting facts you just might not have known about Newmarket
Ila Haines kept memories alive of growing up in early 1900s Newmarket

Ila Haines kept memories alive of growing up in early 1900s Newmarket

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod shares the stories of a revered longtime local teacher whose two-centuries-old family farmhouse still stands today
Three early Newmarket business 'survivors' thrive today

Three early Newmarket business 'survivors' thrive today

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod highlights several of Newmarket earliest and long-surviving businesses
Let's go back to year of change for Newmarket: 1906

Let's go back to year of change for Newmarket: 1906

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod examines a year in our past when the horse and buggy began losing its battle to the car
Meeting houses reminder of Newmarket's early Quaker settlers

Meeting houses reminder of Newmarket's early Quaker settlers

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod explores the history of local Society of Friends' meeting houses
Architect John Stokes helped shape face of early Newmarket

Architect John Stokes helped shape face of early Newmarket

In this week's Remember This, History Hound Richard MacLeod examines the legacy of the 1800s architect who designed many of the area's prominent buildings, including several churches still standing today
Newmarket's champion drum, bugle corps demanded dedication

Newmarket's champion drum, bugle corps demanded dedication

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod tells the story of the Ambassadors, which became a 'life-changing force' for its members from Newmarket, Aurora and Bradford
Roots of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church more than 185 years deep <b> (10 photos) </b>

Roots of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church more than 185 years deep (10 photos)

In this Week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod traces the long history of the Presbyterian faith in Newmarket
Newmarket's Club 14 welcomed soldiers, lit the fire for romances

Newmarket's Club 14 welcomed soldiers, lit the fire for romances

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod takes us back to war-time 1940s, when a little hall on Millard Street was the local hot spot
45 Newmarket properties officially designated as heritage

45 Newmarket properties officially designated as heritage

In this week's Remember This?, History Hound Richard MacLeod outlines the Ontario Heritage Act and how it shapes Newmarket’s heritage preservation strategy