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The GHS directors held an outdoor board meeting on June 22 at the Pioneer Village, a time to update and plan (as best we can) for the future. Jodi Pridham reported on repairs and improvements in the Village. Work on the school house is to begin soon, Rich has been busy working on the foundation of the Smallwood cabin, painting and creating a display area around the log barn. Interpretive signs have been placed outside the buildings in the Village. The signs were one of the projects of the prior year summer students. Thank you to Jodi, Melissa, Shawn and Rich for their planning, and contributions to the maintenance and improvements in the Village.
I would like to thank Paul Brady and Wayne Phillips for the time spent on the rehabilitation of the caboose. To date over 134 volunteer hours have been spent on this project. Thank you gentlemen for your enthusiasm and hard work.
We are hoping to hold our much postponed 2020 Annual meeting on August 3rd in the Pioneer Village. Time, agenda, reports, etc. will be sent out shortly when details are finalized.
Thank you for all your support during this past year.
The Red Barn Theatre by Tom Glover
Opening night, July 1, 1949 featured the play “The Little Foxes.” Other shows in the first season were Room Service, Voice of the Turtle, Glass Menagerie and Night Must Fall.
The Red Barn became a very popular theatre venue and over its 60 year history featured many well-known theatre artists.
Historical Roads in Georgina
By Robert Holden
Early road building was a part of settlement duties; pioneers were required to clear a pathway along the surveyed frontage of their new lands. Other than trails that meandered through the primeval forest, there were no roads as we know them. The road grid of today is a direct result of the road work by these early pioneers.
Grew Boulevard – This roadway lies on the old roadbed and right of way of the Lake Simcoe Junction Railway as it proceeds north into Jackson’s Point from just north of the Black River Road to Lake Drive East. From there the rails right of way continued north through what is now Lorne Park and on to the Jackson’s Point Harbour
Metro Road – This is another road that was built upon the abandoned right of way of a railway, in this case the Toronto and York Metropolitan Railway. Early maps of roads show a much different pattern from today as they were not as direct from Keswick into Jackson’s Point and in many cases only a dotted line shows the intended path of uncompleted rights of way where lands were not yet taken up.
Small shelters like the image to the right served as stops for most of the route that passed through Georgina, though Keswick and Jackson’s Point had proper stations and an old railway car was used at the Boyers Road Stop.
News and Events
Right – Your Board after their meeting on June 22nd with our newly painted caboose at the Pioneer Village (see below).
Below – The image below reveals the results of many volunteer hours from Paul Brady, Wayne Phillips and Tom Glover.
A memorial has been erected at Black River and Park roads to remember the lost children of residential schools and show support for the “Every Child Matters” movement.
We have new signage in the village!! Come to the village and see the work that’s been done to improve our Pioneer Village.
In Town Too
Collaborative efforts are underway to restore the St. James Parish Hall so it can once again be a vital and vibrant community space serving residents of all ages. For information on how you can help save the Parish Hall please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 722-3726
It’s sad to see the demolition of the Cedarbrae School in the Village. The building was deemed unsafe and the Town of Georgina has budgeted to replace it with a replica built on proper footings, with useful electricals, and a restored bell tower on top. This will make the building much safer and much more functional for displays and the many events that take place in the village.
Finally, the GHS board is meeting on Monday, July 5 at 2: pm in the Village to plan our 2020 Annual Meeting to be held on August 3, 2021 in the Village. Due to COVID we’ve not been able to hold this meeting and must do so to conform with our constitution. Members will be advised of the details for the August meeting later this month.