A his­tory les­son in East York

Richmond Hill Post - - Real Estate Experts -

Though Leaside got its name from Wil­liam Lea and the Lea fam­ily who set­tled in the area at the be­gin­ning of the 19th cen­tury, the best street in the neigh­bour­hood com­mem­o­rates the Ryk­ert fam­ily. RYK­ERT CRES­CENT is a short road above Eglin­ton, and if you man­age to snag a home on the north side of the cres­cent, it will back onto Ser­ena Gundy Park. It was named af­ter John C. Ryk­ert, who, strangely, never lived in the area and ac­tu­ally called St. Catharines home (where there is also a street named af­ter him). The Ryk­ert fam­ily rose to fame when, upon ar­riv­ing in Canada af­ter the War of 1812, sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of the fam­ily served in var­i­ous lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

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