Henry Farm is a little family oriented neighbourhood with a strong sense of community pride. It has an active community association, which runs Block Parent programs and the Neighbourhood Watch. The community association also arranges recreational activities including the annual “neighbours night out” picnic and bbq, and fitness classes. These activities are held at the Shaugnessey Public School. Residents are kept up to date with the local newspaper, the “Henry Farmer” published by The Henry Farm Residents Association.
Henry Farm is located with Sheppard Avenue to the north, Highway 401 to the south, Don Mills Road to the east, and the Don River to the south.
Henry Mulholland originally settled the area of Henry in 1806. Mulholland was originally an Irish citizen native to Clones County, Monaghan. In the early 1800’s he sold his farm. However in 1898 his grandson George S. Henry reacquired his farm.
George S. Henry was a notable Canadian politician with forty years of experience working in the public service sector. The highlight of his career was from 1930 to 1934 when he served a term as the Premier of Ontario. In addition to the mark Henry made in politics his great passion was his dairy farm. At its peak the farm boasted ninety prize Holstein cattle. Known as “Oriole Lodge” during the summer his brick farmhouse was home to many Orioles that nested around the property.
Henry eventually sold his farm for $2,000,000 in 1958 to the developers responsible for the modern day Henry Farm neighbourhood. The day after the sale of his farm George S. Henry passed away in his home the Oriole Lodge.
The Oriole Lodge is still standing and can be found at 17 Manorpark Crescent. It has remained as a private residence. Henry Mulholland Cairn is situated in a small park just up the street from the Oriole Lodge. Descendants of the Mulholland family have maintained this historical landmark.
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