The settlement of Headford, or Headford Mills in the past, spreads to the east of Richmond Hill, on present-day Leslie Street just south of Major Mackenzie Drive. Along a stream of the Rouge River, there were a variety of mills and trades shops. A Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1850 and a post office established in 1856.
Headford even experienced an outbreak of oil fever in the 1860s. Drilling began on John Burr's land, gas kept simmering, but no commercially viable oil was ever extracted. By the early 20th century, small mills proved to be inefficient and uneconomical, when Headford eventually vanished as a recognizable community.
Even less recognizable was Headford's neighbour settlement of Dollar with two sideroads south at Leslie Street and Highway 7. Only in the second half of the 19th century, the Dollar community got a store, a post office, a blacksmith shop and a church; nowadays it is hard to identify this among the business establishments and industrial parks.
Located to the north of the Beaver Creek Business Park, the 433 acre (175 hectare) Headford Business Park has many opportunities for greenfield investment. This park is growing rapidly, yet still has much land available. Headford Business Park is home to the Canadian head offices of Ash City, Mazda Canada, Rubicon, Staples Business Depot, TetraPak.
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