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The most recently designated heritage district in Markham is Unionville, which was created in 1998. Famed for its picturesque, winding village Main Street, and its well-preserved collection of late 19th and early 20th Century residential and commercial buildings, Unionville has now become a major Greater Toronto Area (G.T.A.) tourist attraction.
The history of Unionville dates back to he late 1700s, when the area at the centre of Markham Township became a meeting place for the Berczy Settlers from Germany. Later with the establishment of the Grist Mill, known as Union Mills in 1841 and the arrival of the railway in 1871, Unionville became a service centre for the surrounding rural community. Much of the architecture from the mid-to-late 19th Century survives in Unionville to this day, and has earned the community a reputation as one of the preservation jewels of the GTA.
The plan to widen the main street was abandoned, and in the early 1980s a bypass was built around the village, guaranteeing its long-term preservation. The Unionville Festival continues today as a celebration of the rich heritage of this community and a reminder of why heritage preservation is so important from both cultural and economic perspective.

The Unionville Heritage District covers the entire former Police Village. As a result, there are a variety of styles and types of residential, commercial and institutional buildings to be found in the community.
The preservation of the community is very much a result of community participation. It all began in the 1960s when the then County of York Government proposed to expand the width of the street to four lanes. Fearing that this would destroy Unionville's unique character, the community rallied and established the Unionville Festival in protest; to raise awareness of its unique heritage character.

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  • Copyright: ziggy siedleczka (mumek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1902 W: 31 N: 2944] (20226)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-02-27
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 8 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-02-28 4:17
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