Queensville History:In the 1820's the first schoolteacher in Queensville was James Aylward from Ireland. In 1831 he opened the first store in the Village. Ten years later, a second store was opened by William Hackett at the north west corner of Queensville Sideroad and Queen Street, now Leslie Street, and the Village became known as Hacketts Corners. When the Village grew, Hackett opened a second store.
As the population expanded, so did the Temperance Society. In 1843 Mrs. Aylward's suggestion and with the support of the Society a new village name was choosen over other names submitted by the local residents. The Village became Queensville after Queen Victoria.
In 1851, James Aylward and his family operated the first Post Office, until William Kavanaugh became postmaster in 1851. Eventually, a clothing shop, a liquor store, a furniture store, a harness shop and a butcher store opened in the Village. Soon three inns opened, as did a flour and grist mill on Mill Street.
Besides Aylward, Hackett and Kavanaugh, other well-known residents were the Flanagan brothers who operated hotels in Queensville and Sharon, undertakers George and Jerome Wright, Squire Simeon Morton, contractor Robert Proctor, architect William Cain and mason James Collingwood. These pioneers helped lay the foundations for the Village to grow and survive to the present day.
Queensville Real Estate
Queensville Heritage Homes
Queensville Real Estate:Almost all of the real estate sales in Queensville are detached homes ranging from prices as low as $225,000.00 for small, older, sided homes in the centre of the Village up to estate homes close to two million dollars in the Algonquin Forest subdivision off the 2nd Concession south of Queensville Sideroad. Well-built homes on Milne Lane and Grant Court on the west side of Leslie Street opposite Queensville Public School, and the Balmoral Heights subdivision just south of the Queensville Cemetary in the $400,000.00 to $600,000.00 price range are a good draw for home buyers and sellers.
Algonquin Forest Homes Houses
Balmoral Heights Homes Houses
But the future holds more progressive residential building plans for Queensville. A development application by developer Queensville Properties should boost the population to over 30,000. The initial phases of the new Queensville Plan will see the population increase to 20,000 residents by the year 2021. With new water conservation and recycling methods it may even be possible to see the community blossom to as many as 70,000.
This development process has, already, seen the draft plan approval of 1050 lots on the west side of Leslie Street adjacent to the new Town Centre. Included are a mix of freehold and condominium townhouses close to the Centre, and detached homes on lots with 30 feet and 40 feet of frontage further to the west. The plan has been approved, and is waiting for sewage connections when the new sewage treatment facilities are constructed.
East Gwillimbury in the Nineteenth Century, A Centennial History of the Township of East Gwillimbury, Gladys M. Rolling, The Ryerson Press, 1967.