The Town of Richmond Hill started out as a small settlement located partially in the Township of Vaughan and partially in the Township of Markham. The Town's development was linked with the development of Yonge St. Did you know Yonge St. was planned primarily as a military road?
The Town of Richmond Hill was officially incorporated on June 18, 1872 as a village. It developed because of it's proximity to Toronto. Farmers came into town on their way to Toronto markets and people travelled North and South on Yonge St to and from communities further North.