Pine Orchard, Ontario

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Pine Orchard
Unincorporated community
Coordinates: 44°03′31″N 79°22′42″W / 44.05861°N 79.37833°W / 44.05861; -79.37833Coordinates: 44°03′31″N 79°22′42″W / 44.05861°N 79.37833°W / 44.05861; -79.37833
Regional municipalityYork Region
Amalgamation(With Village of Stouffville)
1 January 1971
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorIain Lovatt
 • Councillor, Ward 1Ken Ferdinands
278 m (912 ft)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)905 and 289

Pine Orchard is a hamlet in York Region, Ontario, Canada, in the town of Whitchurch–Stouffville. It is centred at the intersection of Warden Avenue and Vivian Road in the north-western region of Whitchurch–Stouffville. The original settlers were Quakers who, like the early Mennonites of Whitchurch and Markham townships, were pacifists that came north after the American Revolution. The founder of the hamlet was Isaac Phillips, who arrived from Muncy County, Pennsylvania in 1802. A first post-office was established in 1853, and by 1860 three sawmills were operating in the area.[1] In 1858 the hamlet had a population of 35.[2] The community flourished towards the end of the nineteenth century until township; however at the beginning of the twentieth century the township was almost completely deforested, and the forest industry collapsed. The hamlet's post-office closed in 1914.[3]


  1. ^ For a brief account of Pine Orchard's history, cf. Jean Barkey et al., Whitchurch Township (Erin, ON: Boston Mills, 1993), 75-77.
  2. ^ See the detailed 1878 map: Township of Whitchurch, Illustrated historical atlas of the county of York and the township of West Gwillimbury & town of Bradford in the county of Simcoe, Ont. (Toronto: Miles & Co., 1878).
  3. ^ Jean Barkey, et al., Whitchurch-Township, 144.

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