Actually, our little country crossroads has been here over two hundred years.
Obviously, Aurora started as little more than "a country crossroad"
Various names we see on streets derive from the original holders of land grants. Mosely who divided that area into lots and deeded the town park.
Charles Doane, who named Catherine Street for his wife.
Kennedy who farmed the land .
Centre Street was the intersection with Yonge before the Sideroad opened.. Aurora Sideroad would have a number before it had a name.
Two hundred years ago it wasn't a village. It was Machell's Corners with various hostelries to accommodate coach travellers from distant places on the journey to Toronto..
At other intersections, people had similar hopes and aspirations of becoming villages and towns but didn't .
They are to be found with nothing to show but a single store with fine tall arched windows.
General Stores where small village settlements grew around them...or not.
Or a small church with a cemetery, showing birthplaces, dates and in some cases,causes of death and the clear outline of the pine box that once held the remains of those who lived and died on farms in four directions from the crossroads.
Or a pioneer cemetery without a church, little more than the corner of field by the roadside.
New and not so new residents of Aurora with an interest might enjoy discovering small hamlets and villages, little changed in two hundred years, hidden away throughout the Region with similar names to Aurora commemorating original settlers
Black Creek Pioneer Village should be something more than a class trip.
I'm not trying to project myself as a local historian. I've barely skimmed the surface of all there is to know.
People who left all that was familiar and took a chance on something better for their children were not ordinary.They were not big and strong. They may not have understood the enormity of the decision at the time they made it but once made there was no turning back .
They were heroes. We owe them a huge debt. The very least we can do is acknowledge they were here.