What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

The Lost Farm Houses of Whitby

A number of years ago these farm houses were relocated to a field in Whitby. The owner had planned to use them as part of a bed and breakfast style retreat. Unfortunately the zoning application failed and they’ve been left to the elements.

P1100231 P1100232 P1100234 P1100236 P1100238This last one is the Hastings farmhouse and I will try to do a little more research on the family.

P1100245 P1100240_2 P1100241 P1100242 P1100243 P1100246 P1100248 P1100249 P1100250 P1100254 P1100255 P1100264 P1100266 P1100269 P1100271Brown’s Corners is the name of a community in Scarborough in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the corner of Finch Avenue East and Markham Road. David Brown operated a business and post office on the southwest corner. The Post Office was relocated to Malvern Village,[1] but the business continued as a grocery store well into the 1950s. The northwest corner was the Hastings farm.[1] The Hastings farm house was relocated to the Cullen Gardens park in Whitby to await restoration. A huge barn was located at the intersection and remained there long after the farms disappeared. A car dealership replaced the farmhouse and barns. Thomas Maxwell lived on the northeast corner and there were smaller houses on the southeast corner.

Screen shot 2013-08-03 at 8.01.02 AMThe N/W corner of Markham and Finch is now a very attractive car dealership.

TNHastingsFarmThis is the only photo I’ve found of the farm in it’s original location.

Found on Urban Toronto. Photo credit: A. Phillips

The Hastings’ family gravestone in the cemetery of Knox United Church in Scarborough



7 responses

  1. I wish the B&B had happened, though I can’t imagine how you’d get folks out to Whitby…

    August 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  2. Kate

    Such a shame nothing is being done….of course, developers in Markham were given incentives to relocate homes displaced to a subdivision ( >-> bit.ly/15rwUvZ?=ypyqzk)

    August 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

  3. Anthony O'Neill

    I recognize the before photo. I lived in this area for close to 10 years until the early 90’s. It’s a shame the original structures are gone.

    August 11, 2013 at 1:45 am

    • I remember driving by the farm in it’s original location as well. Not sure on the exact date it was moved.

      August 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  4. Pingback: Scenes From Knox United Church & Cemetery | Scenes From A City

  5. Bob Georgiou

    Thanks for linking!

    September 6, 2016 at 6:32 am

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