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Originally known as “Brookvale,” the community situated at Vandorf Sideroad and Woodbine Avenue had to be renamed in 1887 when the post office was opened and it was discovered that the name Brookvale was already in use. Vandorf, a compilation of “Van” for the Van Nostrands who operated a prosperous sawmill in the area, and “dorf” which means “village” was chosen. In 1905, the James Bay Railway, now part of Canadian National Railways, was constructed through the area. Just north of here, Pleasantville, formerly known as Pleasant Valley, is a hamlet that was originally settled by Quaker families.

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