Schomberg is an unincorporated village in northwestern King, Ontario, Canada. Situated north of the Oak Ridges Moraine and south of the Holland River, the village is surrounded by natural attractions.
Schomberg is accessed via Highway 9, which links Orangeville and Newmarket; via Highway 27 linkingBarrie and Toronto; and the Lloydtown-Aurora Road. Its main street is York Regional Road 76, a graceful curved avenue separate from the local major highways.
Founded by European Canadians as Brownsville, the history of Schomberg is that of a rural community. The name was likely for Meinhardt Schomberg, 3rd Duke of Schomberg, a general under King William III ofEngland. The urbanization was mainly in the southwestern part. The urban developments are small. In the 1950s and the 1960s, housing developments began near the centre, later, an industrial area popped up in the 1990s. The housing developments of Roselena Drive area began in the 1990s.
For some time in the early 20th century, the town was the terminus of the Schomberg and Aurora Railway that connected to the Toronto and York Radial Railway on Yonge Street, some distance to the east. The railway was constructed to bring shoppers and day-trippers from Toronto to the town, but was never very popular. Opened for traffic in 1902, it was electrified in 1916 and closed in 1927. The rails were removed the next year, but the right-of-way can still be seen to the east of town. An annual tradition is the Schomberg Fair, first held in 1851. It is an agricultural fair featuring a variety of events and activities. It is held every year on the last weekend in May.
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