Book Launch for Muddy York: A History of Toronto Until 1834

Come visit me at Campbell House Museum, at 160 Queen Street West, for the next public signing of my new book, “Muddy York : A History of Toronto Until 1834”.



The event starts at 1 o’clock on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. A few light refreshments, along with coffee and tea, will be available. I will also be giving an illustrated presentation on some of the noteworthy landmarks that once surrounded Campbell House, at its original location at Adelaide and Frederick streets.

Campbell House Museum has been a resilient survivor from the days of the old Town of York. Built in 1822, it stood at its original location along Adelaide Street for 150 years. Threatened with demolition, the entire house was put on a flatbed truck and moved to its current location, at Queen Street West and University Avenue, in 1972.

Built as the home of Sir William Campbell and his wife, Lady Hannah, the house was once surrounded by a number of other historic buildings that made up the Georgian Town of York. A few survive today, but many are lost. My illustrated talk will explore just a few of these landmarks, as well as the lives of those prominent figures that lived and worked within their walls.

There is no charge for the event, but you will have an opportunity to buy my book. This new work covers a lot of the history that is left out of most studies of Toronto’s earliest history, including the last ice age, the arrival of the first prehistoric people in the Toronto area, the development of local aboriginal culture, Toronto under the French Crown, and the establishment of the Town of York in 1793. The rest of the work chronicles the lives of those who lived in York and worked towards its incorporation as a city in 1834.

While the event is free, it’s important that we receive confirmation from all of those who plan to attend. Space is limited, and we will be providing refreshments.

PLEASE NOTE that we request confirmation of your attendance by THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25th. RSVPs can be made by emailing, or by calling (416) 487-9017. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept a “yes” on facebook as confirmation of your attendance. Please email or call at the address and number provided, in order to ensure that a space is reserved for you.

LOCATION : Campbell House Museum
160 Queen Street West (northwest corner of Queen Street West and University Avenue)
Campbell House Museum is located right outside the exit from “Osgoode” Subway Station.

ARRIVAL TIME : 1:00 p.m.

The event should conclude by approximately 3:00 p.m.

This event is being offered free of charge but reservations are ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED and can be made by emailing or by telephoning (416) 487 9017.