Ge­orgeville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Judy Bachelder Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Ge­orgeville

The 24th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing of the Ge­orgeville His­to­rial So­ci­ety (GHS) was held on Sun­day, July 10, 2016 in the Mur­ray Memo­rial Hall in Ge­orgeville. The meet­ing opened with a mo­ment of si­lence in trib­ute to John Boyn­ton who re­cently died and who was a found­ing mem­ber of the so­ci­ety. The theme speaker for the event was Dr. Valerie Pasz­tor who told the story of Ge­orgeville’s St. Ge­orge’s Angli­can Church which cel­e­brates their 150th An­niver­sary on Sun­day Au­gust 28th.

In order to set the mood of the meet­ing, some mem­bers of the St. Ge­orge’s choir formed a sex­tet un­der the di­rec­tion of Sarah Hoblyn. They sang a med­ley of gospel mu­sic rem­i­nis­cent of a time long gone.

In her talk, Dr. Pasz­tor be­gan to un­fold the ori­gins of St Ge­orges rais­ing a few eye­brows by ex­plain­ing that the first res­i­dent min­is­ter to St. Ge­orges was the Methodist min­is­ter who jumped ship to be or­dained as an Angli­can Priest. The Rev­erend James Thor­neloe ap­par­ently raised con­sid­er­able money to build St. Ge­orge’s with the sup­port of newly ar­rived Mon­treal­ers, some of whom built sum­mer es­tates in Ge­orgeville. Dr. Pasz­tor con­cluded her talk by show­ing the re­sults of the re­cent restora­tion of the church build­ing. This her­itage build­ing is a gem wor­thy of a visit.

Fol­low­ing theme talk, Dr. Pasz­tor was pre­sented with a beau­ti­fully hand-made pen cre­ated by the cur­rent rec­tor of St. Ge­orge’s, the Ven. Dean Ross. Then, be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the reg­u­lar An­nual Meet­ing busi­ness, the Pres­i­dent of the GHS, Rev. Dr. Deane Mof­fat, pre­sented an his­toric pho­to­graph of the Rev James Thor­neloe to Rev Dean Ross.

Reg­u­lar busi­ness at an­nual meet­ings is usu­ally quite bor­ing, but the planned sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties gar­nered at­ten­tion. An Ar­ti­fact Fair was an­nounced for July 19 (2-5 PM) in Mur­ray Memo­rial Hall. Stephen Moore ex­plained that peo­ple are in­vited to bring items of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est to the hall. Th­ese items need to have some con­nec­tion to the his­tory of Ge­orgeville. The items will be pho­tographed and the story of the item’s im­por­tance will be recorded. The items will re­main on view for the three hour pe­riod of the Ar­ti­fact Fair. Steve showed two ex­am­ples of ar­ti­facts that might be brought. One was a red en­sign flag that once flew on Ma­goon’s Point. The other was a hymn

book that was used by one of his an­ces­tors who played the reed or­gan in a lo­cal church. The sec­ond sum­mer ac­tiv­ity will be a Walk­ing Tour of Ma­goon’s Point Bri­dle Path. Who knew there was such a place? There will be more about this walk­ing tour at a later date.

One fi­nal note: The GHS is the spon­sor of the Bigelow Pi­o­neer Gar­den. This gar­den is a place of beauty and rest and is found op­po­site the vil­lage green in the cen­ter of Ge­orgeville. A team of gar­den­ers keep the his­toric plants and make it a place wor­thy of a visit.

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Dr. Valerie Pasz­tor, was the guest speaker.

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