History of Hoggs Hollow
Hoggs Hollow was named after Joseph Hogg, a Scotsman who settled in the area in 1824. Hogg operated a whisky distillery and a grist mill, and was viewed as the most successful of all the miller in the valley. The name is usually written without the apostrophe as - Hoggs Hollow, but sometimes appears as Hogg's Hollow.
In 1856 John and William Hogg, sons to the late James Hogg, subdivided their father's estate under the name of "Hoggs Hollow". The subdivision included 141 lots. Subdivision of the present day Hoggs Hollow began in the 1920's with the creation of lots and roads reflecting of the English countryside. Hoggs Holow was connected to Toronto by the Yonge St. streetcar until it was replaced by the TTC in the early 1970s. Hoggs Hollow is served by the York Mills subway station.
Hoggs Hollow was a part of the City of North York until 1998 when that city merged with five other municipalities and a regional government to form the new "City of Toronto".
The Miller Tavern (formerly the Jolly Miller Tavern), cira 1857, located at the bottom of Hoggs Hollow hill, was closed for many years, but re-opened in 2004 after battles between developers. The Miller Tavern today is a favorite of many in the Hoggs Hollow community.
On October 15, 1954, the valley was inundated by Hurrican Hazel and to date many attempts have since been made to manage the water in the natural watershed of a valley.
Hoggs Hollow today in 2013 is an idyllic charming community known as one of Toronto's most expensive neighbourhoods, surrounded by lush greenery, the Don River Valley alongside bridges, and a local day school and walking distance to the Rosedale Golf Course and the Don Valley Golf course. Some homes in Hoggs Hollow back onto the Rosedale Valley Golf Course which makes it accessable during the winter months for walking and cross country skiing.
Hoggs Hollow houses are set in a lush landscape with a hill and a dale topography that is left unfettered and in its original state without the intrusion of sidewalks.
Hoggs Hollow residents are centrally located and within minutes to the 401 Hwy which makes your route to the airport a short and direct route.
Hoggs Hollow is truly a one of a kind idyllic neighbourhood situated minutes north of the downtown core.
Hoggs Hollow is also known for its summer fair held the fist weekend of June.
Hoggs Hollow is where Noreen and her husband have raised their son for the past 13 years and enjoyed the Hoggs Hollow "community".
Life in Hoggs Hollow Today "2013"
The Hoggs Hollow residents host an annual community neighbourhood get together better known as the "Valley Fair" which takes place first Saturday early June. The neighbourhood children enjoy rides, races, food in Brookfield Park, which is a small neighbourhood park and in the winter this park becomes the neighbourhood ice rink.
Hoggs Hollow also has public tennis courts which offers summer programs for children and adults. The club is well known not only as the Hoggs Hollow Tennis Club but as the valley tennis club. The club has a fabulous tennis pro and a tennis program for children age 2 and up. The club also runs a great ladies program morning tennis program for the ladies which one can come on a weekly or a monthly program.
Please keep in mind that you must be a member of the Tennis Club in order to partake in the club tennis program.
For the golfers in your life Hoggs Hollow offers the Rosedale Golf Course (Private Club) or the Don Valley Golf Course which is a public course situated minutes away.
The Hoggs Hollow community events are announced on the community bulletin board in the Milstone Parkett just off Yonge Street.
Just some of the schools in the Hoggs Hollow area are:
Armour Heights Elembentary School (Public) 148 Wilson Ave. 416-397-2950
Owen (Public) 111 Owen Blvd., 416-395-2740
St. Andrews J.H. S. 131 Fenn Ave. 416-395-3090
Hillcrest Progressive School (Private) 59 Plymbridge Rd. 416-489-8355 (dates back to early days of Hoggs Hollow)
Havergal College, (Private) 1451 Avenue Rd. 416-483-3519
Cresent School (Private)
Toronto French School (Private) 306 Lawrence Ave, E. @ Bayview 416-484-6533
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