Home to 2500 residents and nestled within the Township of King, Schomberg is known to be a quaint, rural, farming community that still attains its unique heritage, fertile farmland and dense pine forests.
North of the Oak Ridges Moraine and south of the Holland River, Schomberg is situated south of the intersection of Hwy 27 and Hwy 9 and within close proximity to major Provincial highways: North/South routes of Hwy 400 and Hwy 427; East/West route of Hwy 9. Its main street is a graceful curved avenue separate from the local major highways.
Lloydtown, which lies west of Schomberg from Church Street, was settled in 1812 by one of the leading figures in the Upper Canada Rebellion, Jesse Lloyd, a Quaker from Pennsylvania. Lloydtown grew, due to the great opportunities of the rich soil of King Township. The village of Schomberg was later settled in 1830 due to the growth of Lloydtown.
Originally named Brownsville, after the four brothers from Pennsylvania, who settled in the area in 1830. The Brown Brothers were an energetic family: John was interested in farming, and purchased 100 acres when they arrived; Thomas built the first mill in 1836, and it stood as the nucleus of the growing community for over 125 years, before being torn down; Garrett built the first bank at the corner of Main and Church Street. Little is known of Robert. The community name of Brownsville was changed in order for the hamlet’s application for a post office to be successful; as there was already a Brownsville in York County, south of Woodbridge. The name Schomberg, taken from the Duke of Schomberg, a fallen hero from the Battle of the Boyne (1960), was selected to replace Brownsville; the post office opened on August 1, 1862.
In Schomberg, there is a wide range of dwelling styles – including homes from when the land was first settled in the 1860’s. The sideroads and concessions consist mostly of large properties and farmland with either country homes or newly built houses that have been constructed and privately built by the landowners. Many of the residents in the community are descendents of the original families.
Schomberg is well known as the home of Canada’s longest running fair – The Schomberg Agricultural Fair which is held in May at the Schomberg Community Fairground and Arena. It is organized by the Schomberg Agricultural Society, and has been a part of the community for 160 years. Some of the attractions include: a midway, demolition derby, musical entertainment, horse shows, conklin rides, various vendors and exhibitors, displays in the arena, contests, school accomplishments, and other activities inviting the participation of attendees.
Another popular event is Schomberg’s “A Main Street Christmas”, which is held on the 1st Saturday of December. The event boasts an afternoon of Santa Claus Parade and an old fashioned Victorian atmosphere with festive foods and entertainment for young and old, along historic Main Street. The evening is capped off with a spectacular “The Parade of Lights” – brought to you by our local farmers – tractors all lit up with Christmas lights – this is an annual, holiday tradition you don’t want to miss!
Public Elementary Institutions:
- Schomberg Public School
Public Secondary Institutions:
- King City Secondary School
Catholic Elementary Institutions:
- St. Patrick’s Elementary School
Catholic Secondary Institutions:
- Cardinal Carter Catholic Secondary School
- St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic High School (Aurora)
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