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The Community of Tottenham


Tottenham is part of the Town of New Tecumseth which formed in 1991 with the amalgamation of the communities of Alliston, Beeton, & Tottenham.  Located north of Highway 9, Tottenham is the most Southern community in the County of Simcoe, approximately 40kms Northwest of Toronto.

Its prime agricultural area provided an ideal location for growth and development which resulted in two railways locating their lines and stations within the community; the Grand Trunk Railway and North Western Railway (now the CN & CP rail).

The earliest known settlement in the area was in 1823 by James Tegart and family.  In 1832, the Totten family moved from Toronto Township and by 1835 Alexander Totten opened the first general store.  The store became a center point for the community which continued to expand around it.  The Village of Tottenham developed its name in honour of Alexander Totten for his contributions to the community.  In 1895, the town was ravaged by a fire which destroyed numerous structures and led to redevelopment.

For a small community, Tottenham offers visitors with notable events and activities.  The Tottenham Conservation Area is a wonderful recreational facility; the village is also famous for its Bluegrass festival; and the restored historic steam train is a big tourist attraction.



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