A significant archaeological site is located under the school grounds of Parkview School

On Oct. 26, 2010 we learned, on reading a notice on page 527 of the board minutes for June 23, 2010, that the Toronto District School Board was selling its Parkview School property at 85 Forty First Street

As you may know, the archaeological remains of the Colonel Samuel Smith homestead are located under the school grounds of Parkview School.

As you may also know, the sale of the property to the French public school board Conseil scolaire Viamonde closed on August 30, 2011.

We owe thanks to Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Laurel Broten and TDSB Trustee Pamela Gough (Ward 3, Etobicoke – Lakeshore) and other public officials who have worked together with area residents to ensure this property remains in public hands.

Save Sam’s Homestead is a community group based in Long Branch that was formed in response to news of the sale of Parkview School. We have an interest in ensuring the property remains in public hands in the years that follow. We have other potential projects, related to the site, to think about as well. The first step will involve the opening of a dialogue between the local community and Conseil scolaire Viamonde.


Please note that a separate website will in time be set up for Save Sam’s Homestead.

For now we are starting with a page on the Preserved Stories website. Our plan is to create a separate, autonomous website for Save Sam’s Homestead. We also plan to set up a separate website specifically for the Long Branch Historical Society.

If you as a visitor to this site would like to help us with one of the details of website creation, which involves fundraising to cover the cost of the design of a site for the Long Branch Historical Society  please contact us today.

Please contact us as well if you would like to join the Long Branch Historical Society and would like to help in the work of this community organization.