The Pioneer Log Cabin in Guild Park

John P Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park, joins me to provide answers and insights into the Pioneer Log Cabin in The Guild Park.

Whether you’re in the passenger seat driving north to the cottage or staying home in Guildwood Village for the Simcoe Day long weekend, we hope you will enjoy this video which we made in response to the Log Cabin Questions we posted earlier in the week.

1) Did Augustus Jones or Lord Simcoe build this cabin? That may or may not be a trick question.
2) How many rooms are in this cabin?
3) Who was the last Guild of All Arts artist-in-residence to use this cabin?

Thanks again to John for doing this!

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A archaeological excavation of the area surrounding the “Pioneer Cabin” was conducted by University of Toronto Professor Marti Latta in the summer of 1996. The goal was to discover who built the Log Cabin, one of the the oldest in Ontario. Historical records had suggested three possibilities Augustus Jones (Surveyor, 179l-1793); William Osterhout (United Empire Loyalist,1796-1803); and William Humphreys (Farmer,1845-1870). Although today it is named after Osterhout, the builder of the cabin is believed to he Humphreys, one of Scarborough’s earliest settlers.

More recently, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, an artist in residence at Guild Park, lived on the grounds in a cottage and made the historic log cabin her studio. She taught extensively and believed “it was her mission to make appreciation of sculpture accessible to the public”. via article from


Interview with Sara Williamson at Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival 2018

This video was made in partnership with Friends of Guild Park

“The story of Guild of All Arts artist, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, is told in this conversation between the late artist’s daughter, Sara, and John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park

This six-minute video was recorded at the 2018 Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival at Guild Park. During the chat, Sara Williamson holds one of her mother’s charming sculptures. It’s entitled “Thoughtful Scratch” and depicts a bear in a quizical pose.

This bear figure was among the works that Elizabeth Fraser Williamson, loaned to schools throughout Scaborough to enhance students’ appreciation of art.

Elizabeth Fraser Williamson was the last professional artist to live and work on the grounds of what is now Guild Park.Sara explains what her mother did as the Guild’s resident artist, from the early 1970s to 1995.

During that period, Elizabeth Fraser Williamson continued the legacy of the Guild of All Arts, a unique artists community launched on the site in 1932 by art patrons, Rosa and Spencer Clark. A commemorative plaque about the artist is found near Guild Park’s pioneer log cabin, in the south section of the park.

The City of Toronto owns almost 200 piece of Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s work, most of which have remained in storage for more than 15 years since the artist’s death.

Sara has started a petition requesting City of Toronto officials to begin publicly displaying her rmother’s art, because it reflects “the vibrant heritage of Scarborough’s art community.”

More information about the artists and her work is available at

Guild Park’s new Clark Centre for the Arts, scheduled to open in 2020, is an ideal location to showcase Elizabeth Fraser Williamson’s art. These works would make an appropriate rotating ehibition along the the artists’ studios and public art space in that structure.

Thanks go to Ulrik Westergaard, video blogger of the popular Guildwoodian site for producing this video, shot July 29, 2018. You can keep posted about Guildwood Village news and notable people by visiting” – John Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park

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Guild Park Walking Tour hosted by John Mason of Friends of Guild Park

We had an incredible experience on the special Guild Park Walking Tour on Sunday July 29, 2018 during the 2018 Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival. Our tour was hosted by John P. Mason, President of Friends of Guild Park.

The tour began by the new Guildwood Village Flag where John told us the story and meaning behind the flag.  For detailed information, visit the Guildwood Village Flag in the Guildwood Village Community Association’s website.

Friends of Guild Park – among many things – hosts walking tours through Guild Park. Please visit Guild Park Walking Tours

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Katherine Turner, President of Theatre Scarborough at Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival 2018

I met with Katherine Turner, President of Theatre Scarborough, the umbrella organization of Scarborough PlayersScarborough Theatre Guild and Scarborough Music Theatre. Thank you Katherine for taking the time to talk to us!!

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Guildwood Village Butterflyway Project at 2018 Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival

Allison Murray talked to me about the important Guildwood Village Butterflyway Project. Learn more at Thank you so much Allison for taking the time to share all of this with us!

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