In 1801, a Vermont Quaker by the name of Timothy Rogers dammed a part of the Holland River and built a grist mill at the site of the dam. Settlers began to build homes near the site of the mill and thus the nucleus of what would later become Newmarket was born. Today, Fairy Pond is a quiet and pretty pond and park at the end of the Main Street district. There is a fountain in the centre and a small boardward area with flowers and a plaque commemorating the town's history.
If you drive up Yonge Street into Newmarket, you are likely to get the impression that this is nothing more than an extension of the massive urban sprawl that now connects the city of Toronto with Barrie at Lake Simcoe. Not true! Newmarket is actually a historic settlement and much of its old town charm can still be found on Main Street, where the oldest town hall, churches, records' office and post office can all be seen. Main Street is now billed as a form of revitalization for Newmarket, so there are lots of non-traditional businesses, but it still has the feel of a small Ontario town. Parking is ample behind the old town hall, and there are plenty of places to buy coffee and snacks to make an afternoon of it - including a new establishment that combines a used bookshop with an antique store and a café.