Lucy Woods Suite
King with private bath & shower
SUITE 3 • The middle suite has a king sized bed with a side veranda facing the Main house and a private side garden with a secret door to the ice cream parlour next door! The bathroom has a large walk in shower and a kitchenette. There is a ramp to the suite.
History: Lucy Woods Diehl
They don’t build statues to community activists who live their life in a small village far away from the bright lights of the city but maybe they should. There are many in the village who believe that Lucy Woods Diehl was Bayfield’s greatest hero.
This crippled women who struggled in pain most of her life, has left a legacy that everyone who appreciates all that Bayfield has to offer, should be grateful for.
Pioneer Park, where villagers and visitors go to marvel at our spectacular sunsets, wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for her. You can take that a step further and say we wouldn’t still have a Town Hall, an Archives Building/ Library, a revitalized Clan Gregor Square, reconstructed Cenotaph, the control of the Bayfield River Flats property, if she hadn’t shown that motivated volunteers can shape their community, can make things better.
Lucy Wood Diehl was born in “The Hut”, Bayfield’s oldest building, in 1902. She was the daughter of Dr. Ninian W. Woods, one of the village’s doctors and the postmaster. She developed rheumatoid arthritis at an early age and spent most of her life in pain and she eventually became crippled. Despite her ailments, Lucy was passionate about life and especially about Bayfield.
She worked with her family at the village post office and became a weekly columnist for the Clinton News Record where her Bayfield articles attracted so much attention, she was named “Champion Country Correspondent of Ontario.” She talked with the pioneers, she remembered the stories about the fishing families and most importantly, she painted a portrait in words of a village that wouldn’t shrivel up and die. She supported anyone and any project that would make Bayfield a better place.
Her greatest achievement was organizing the purchase and establishing the “Trust” for Pioneer Park. For over 50 years, politicians had rejected opportunities to acquire the land for a village park because of money and lack of vision. Despite her physical limitations, Lucy showed that individuals can make a difference and she encouraged summer residents to participate.
If there is such a thing, Lucy is Bayfield’s “guardian angel”.