The Georgina Historical Society, as a not-for-profit organization, collects, preserves, promotes and interprets the rich history and heritage of all communities now known as the Town of Georgina.

Board of Directors

Tom Glover,  President

Tom has served on the Georgina Historical Society Board as a director, vice president, and president for a number of years. His family has been part of the Georgina community since 1845. He brings the knowledge gained from a lifelong interest in local history to the board along with his desire to help preserve, protect and promote our history.


On May 16th Allan Morton Will Be Our Guest Speaker

 Gavin Morton will be the subject of this talk about the origins of the Georgina Pioneer Village. Gavin Morton worked with Nena Marsden and others in the early 1970’s to bring some historic structures – destined for demolition – to the Civic Centre in order to...

Volunteers Wanted!!!

Volunteers are needed to come out to the Georgina Pioneer Village as a work crew, probably Tuesday mornings, to rehab the gardens and refinish the Quilters Cabin for use as the GHS office. Give any one of the board members a call if you are interested in getting...

Cemetary Solutions?

Our President, Paul Brady, has reached out to other historical societies to learn how they have dealt with the issue of neglected early cemeteries in their municipalities, an issue we have raised in the past.  We have received a response from Janine Harris-Wheatley,...

Paul Brady, Vice President

A retired local businessman, Paul joined our Board as a director over a year ago and became very involved with Harvest Day and other GHS events and activities. An avid photographer, many of the photos of GHS events and activities have come from his camera. He is also actively engaged with ‘Friends of Jackson’s Point.’ Paul is very concerned about the preservation of local heritage sites and is also engaged in the campaign to restore our caboose at the Georgina Pioneer Village.


Newsletter #5, Volume 6, May 2023

President’s Message They say that April showers bring May flowers, but the showers won’t go away. Oh well, we’ll be complaining soon that it’s too hot and sunny, so let’s make the best of this wet stuff and get on with our lives. As the gardens are starting to wake...

Newsletter #4, Volume 6, April 2023 

President's WelcomeApril is flying by, the ice is slowly going away on Lake Simcoe, and we’ll soon be complaining that it’s too hot! It’s been a strange winter for the ice on the lake, with the ice coming in late after an exceptionally warm fall, then hanging on...

Newsletter #3, Volume 6, March 2023 

President's WelcomeAnother month is past and we’re well into March. The sun has a little more warmth every day, and it won’t be long before we’re complaining that it it’s too hot! With the warm weather comes the flowers and shrubs, and the Georgina Historical Society...

Gail Moore, Secretary

Sue Horton, Treasurer


Sandra Dickinson, Director

Sandra has lived in Georgina, with her husband Dave, for over 20 years and has been the Georgina Historical Society’s Treasurer for 8 years.

She got involved with the Georgina Historical Society during the 2013 Doors Open Georgina where the 100 + year old mill on her property was featured. Sandra and Dave delighted in talking to over 100 people who came to tour their mill and tell their stories. Though she is a talker, even Sandra was “talked out” after that day!

She is passionate about preserving Georgina’s history and the Georgina Pioneer Village – what a treasure this is! She is planning on helping promote this history for a very long time.

Robert Holden, Director & Editor of the GHS Newsletter

Robert Holden has been a member of the Georgina Historical Society Board Since 2017 and Vice-President since 2018.  He was instrumental in reinstituting the GHS newsletter and is current working on a committee to upgrade our website.   In November 2015 Mr. Holden spoke at the AGM about the railways that came to Georgina and in the following year authored a paper published by the GHS entitled Rails to Georgina. This was followed by a presentation and paper on Steamboats of Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching.  Prior to coming to Georgina in 2013, Mr. Holden lived in Newmarket and was co-founder and Past President of the Newmarket Historical Society.

Dee Lawrence, Director

Dee is a retired educator who has been a resident of Georgina for the past 34 years. She continues to maintain an active schedule as a choral conductor, vocal soloist, church musician, and as Administrator of the Newmarket Lions Music Festival. She has always had a keen interest in history, and co-authored a book on the history of her hometown in Northern Ontario, in addition to working as an Assistant Archivist for the City of Cambridge. She has been a member of the GHS for the past 14 years and became a director on the Board three years ago. Dee has served on the Newsletter and Harvest Fest committees, and most recently, was appointed to the Heritage Advisory Committee for the Town of Georgina. Dee is passionate about preserving historic sites and artefacts for the benefit of future generations so that they might learn from, and come to value, the stories of our past.

Sarah Harrison, Director

Sarah has been a long-time resident of Georgina, spending every summer on the shore of Lake Simcoe at her grandparent’s house since she was 14. She has a Masters in Library and Information Science and also one in Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. Her research interests include genealogy and local history, with particular interest in historical buildings and their internal decorative schemes. After spending three summers working at the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives as a summer student, she now occupies a volunteer role on the Board of Directors for the Georgina Historical Society, giving presentations on topics of local interest. She recently presented in June 2019 at the annual conference of the Association for Local History, Farm & Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) on a wallpaper research project that she undertook at the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives in the summer of 2017. Her current career aspiration is to combine her museum work and love of local history with librarianship in the hope that more people understand the value that the study of historic places can bring to the present day. She currently lives in Newmarket.

Wayne Phillips, Director

Wayne and his family have made their home in Jackson’s Point for the past 20 years enjoying all that Lake Simcoe and Georgina have to offer. His background is in managing in a corporate environment focusing on organizational effectiveness. Currently enjoying part-time work and volunteering he joined GHS to spend time with like-minded people interested in learning and preserving the historical value of Georgina.

Karen Wolfe, Past-President

Karen Wolfe has been a member of the Georgina Historical Society Board since 2007. In 2013 she became President of the Society and held that position for five years until 2017. She currently holds the position of Past President on the Board. Over the years Karen has worked on various fundraising initiatives including a historical bus trip, bake sales, publishing a cook book, hosting a strawberry social, producing a commemorative calendar among others. She was instrumental in creating the Society’s first website and updating the GHS Constitution and By-laws.

Elizabeth ‘Widit’ McLean, Director

Widit is a retired doctor who has lived and worked in Georgina for more than half her life. Now that medicine & child-raising are no longer her focus, she volunteers, both in Georgina and abroad, & she spends her spare time doing art and sports,

She has been a member of the Georgina Historical Society for just a few years, but is interested in preserving the history of Georgina. As a child, her mother used to come here with her family, taking the Metropolitan Railway to Filey Beach near Jackson’s Pt.

Widit has previously been a board member of the Georgina Arts Centre, Hospice Georgina, York County Hospital, the York Region Emergency Health Services Committee, and York Region Artslink. She has travelled to Africa, Cambodia  and Central America with a Rotary group of volunteers to assist in third world countries.

Harvestfest 2023!

Join us for Harvestfest at the Georgina Pioneer Village on Saturday, September 16!
Admission is by donation (cash only)