Unveiling the Cummer Plaque

On May 14, members of Heritage Toronto and the North York Historical Society were joined by many members of the Cummer Family to unveil a new permanent plaque honouring pioneer Jacob Cummer at the corner of Doris and McKee Avenues.  This was the very spot where Cummer built a one-room log cabin in 1797. His third son was born there that year; the first non-aboriginal child in this area.

When a Willowdale community plaque was installed in the historical cemetery at Yonge and Church Avenue, Gunild Speiss, a long-time member of the NYHS was determined that the Cummer Family was deserving of special recognition.  She led the charge and through her efforts all members of the community will be able to learn more about the first settlers in our area.  John also wishes to thank the late Betty and Kel Crossley for their active contribution towards preserving the history of this area.