Important Incident of 1837 Rebellion
Historic house

The historic house was standing when Richmond Hill was incorporated as a village and is still standing in this year of town incorporation. Originally owned by the famous Colonel Moodie, the house formerly stood just north of its present location on Yonge Street, opposite Hunt Avenue. (The house was demolished in 1962.)

It was from this house that Col. Moodie and Col. Bridgeford, also a resident of Richmond Hill, set out on horseback to warn officials in Toronto of the approach of the Rebels in 1837. It was said that Mrs. Moodie was reluctant to let her elderly husband go on the dangerous mission. But charging Col. Bridgeford to see that he returned safely, she let him go. Unfortunately, at Montgomery s Tavern, on Yonge Street at Montgomery (near Eglinton Ave. the old soldier was shot down by an ambush of rebels. He was buried in Thornhill Cemetery and his gravestone may still be seen there.

William Harrison, local historian in Richmond Hill, described the events that took place at Moodie house during the 1837 Rebellion.
Colonel Moodie house
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