A gentlemen stopped by as I was photographing the barn and told me this is part Colonel John W. Laurie's Estate. Laurie bought some land near Grand Lake, about 800 acres in the mid-1800's. He helped bring over other Devonshire farmer's from England and gave each family a parcel of land to help spark the agricultural region. It was very successful, and the town became self-reliant by the late 1890's. The land was eventually donated to the Provincial Park services, as well as a golf course, and a church he had built for the farmers.
The funny thing about the golf course land, it was offered for $1 if they would name the golf course after Col. Laurie. They turned it down because they wanted to name it Oakfield Country Club (I think thats the name), so it was sold for $1 million. That's an expensive name. :)
The area was named for its vast amount of oak trees.