Georgeville Historical Society
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.
Dr. Valerie Pasztor, was the guest speaker.