Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Cedarvale Park

Cedarvale Park is a municipal park located at 181-185 Main St. S. Georgetown, Ontario -- a short walk from downtown. It is a multi-use facilitiy, open year-round. Cedarvale, as it is commonly known, is available to residents of the community, or visitors alike. Cedarvale is always free to use, and always open.
Cedarvale Park was home to the orphaned Armenian boys brought to Georgetown in 1923.
Scott McLaughlin, a native of Scotland, emigrated to Canada and settled in Glen Williams. In the 1870's McLaughlin purchased 80 hectares of land on the southeast limits of the village of Georgetown and called it Cedar Vale Farm. Michael, Scott and Rachel McLaughlin's youngest child, born in 1886, first worked as a teller at the Bank of Hamilton (now the Old Bank on Main Street Georgetown). Michael quit in 1923 when the Armenian Relief Association of Canada purchased a large portion of the property for Armenian orphaned boys. The Georgetown Boys were part of a rescue operation for refugees from the Armenian genocide in the 1920s. The Georgetown Boys Farm was located in what is now Cedarvale Park. That area was later purchased by the Town of Georgetown as a centennial project and is now known as Cedarvale Park.


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