This photo was taken in the summer of 1956 on Flat Point, also called Paradise Point, at the newly named Patterson Park. The park was named after George Patterson to honour his role as a community leader and volunteer. Mr. Patterson died in March of 1955 and had been the Reeve of Port McNicoll for 14 years.
A large group of swimmers, adults and children, is seen swimming and enjoying the raft. This photo is a one in a series taken for the book “The Story of Simcoe County”, which was produced by the Tourist and Industrial Committee of the County Council of Simcoe. The author was the former premier of Ontario, the Honourable Ernest C. Drury and was printed by Midland Press Limited. The negatives were held in their possession until they were donated to the Huronia Museum in 2006. This photo was not printed.
Drury was born and raised in Oro where he was Reeve for 13 years and served as the eighth Premier of Ontario from 1919 to 1923.
This a family photo taken in 1946 or 1947. It shows my grandfather, George Burns and his three children swimming at Flat Point, also called Paradise Point. Catherine Burns Micallef is seen to her fathers right. Pat Burns is seen in his fathers arms and my father, Charles Burns, is seen to his fathers left. The background shows children enjoying the raft and the calm water.