The Henry Farm neighbourhood is situated on property that was originally settled in 1806 by Henry Mulholland, a native of Clones County, Monaghan, Ireland. Henry Mulholland sold this farm in the early 1800’s, however it was reacquired in 1898 by his great grandson George S. Henry.
George S. Henry was a distinguished politician whose forty years of public service were highlighted by a term as Premier of Ontario from 1930 to 1934. While Henry created his mark in politics his nice passion was his dairy farm that, in its peak years boasted ninety head of prize Holstein cattle. Henry’s rambling brick farmhouse was called Oriole Lodge, thus known as as a result of of the numerous Orioles that nested around here in the summertime.
In 1958, at the age of seventy-seven, Henry sold his farm for $2,000,000 to the developers of this day neighbourhood. One day once this historic transaction George S. Henry died at Oriole Lodge.
Ed Note. Henry Farms’ major historical landmarks embrace Oriole Lodge that continues to be standing in its original location at 17 Manorpark Crescent and is still a personal residence. Further up the road from Oriole Lodge, situated in a very small parkette, is that the Henry Mulholland Cairn that is maintained by descendants of the Mulholland family.
Henry Farm is a small, family oriented neighbourhood with a strong sense of community spirit. Henry Farm has continuously had a vigorous community association which oversees Neighbourhood Watch and Block Parent Programs, and organizes recreational activities including fitness categories at the Shaugnessey Public Faculty and an annual “neighbours night out” barbecue and picnic conjointly held at the school. The Henry Farm Residents Association publishes a daily newsletter known as the “Henry Farmer”, that keeps residents up to date with all of the goings on within the neighbourhood.
This neighbourhood is known for its diversity. A high number of Arabic, Persian, Romanian, Bengali, and Mandarin speakers.
Henry Farm largely features condos, accounting for 66% of sales, followed by condo townhouses at 18% and detached houses at 16%.