Welcometo the virtual home of the Town of York Historical Society. Our physical home at Toronto’s First Post Office was at one time the communications hub through which the lonely citizens of the town of York – incorporated as the City of Toronto in 1834 – linked to the outside world. This website now serves as your link to that colonial outpost, to the people, events and places that shaped the lives of early residents and left their mark on the city that exists to this day.

The project of restoring Toronto’s First Post Office attracted a group of enthusiasts, historians and architects who came together officially to form the Town of York Historical Society in 1983. From within the boundaries of the old town, we continue to tell the story of early Toronto, to preserve its built heritage and maintain a collection of unique artifacts related to communication to and from the Capital of what was once called Upper Canada.

Click on the welcome mat above for a virtual tour of Toronto’s First Post Office.


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This website funded by the Ontario Museums and Technology Fund. The support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is acknowledged.





King Street 1840s