The town of Thornton developed during the 1820s, and in 1833 was established as Henrysville (or Henry’s Corners) after early settler John Henry, who was the first teacher and then the schoolmaster, and later became the postmaster when an office opened in 1854. The name Henrysville caused confusion in the mail system at the time, so the community became Thornton in 1854 after Henry Thornton, who owned a grist mil, saw mill and planning mill.
Thornton is located on generally flat and fertile soils about 9 kilometres north of Cookstown, and 5 kilometres south of Barrie. The Trans Canada Trail runs through Thornton and the intersection of Country Road 21 and County Road 27 marks the core of the hamlet of Thornton.
Thornton General Store– 239 Barrie St
Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet Restaurant– 238 Barrie St
The Last Shot– 4171 Innisfil Beach Rd
Brain Freezz- 245 Barrie St
Thornton Academy– 4073 4th Line
Mega Golf Driving Range– 4386 Side Rd 20
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