Created: | Author: Jane Tracy | Location: Guernsey Park, College Park
Lovely Guernsey Park at 1320 Guernsey Street and Northumberland Avenue in College Park.
The park was named for the Guernsey family who made so many outstanding contributions to the City Beautiful.
Many Orlandoans will remember the Guernsey Good Citizenship Cup awarded to students in area schools for civic excellence.
Astronaut John Young, who grew up in College Park, received the Guernsey Good Citizenship Cup in 1948 as a graduating senior at Orlando High School.
College Park resident Joseph S. Guernsey is the grandson of Orlando banking pioneer, Joseph L. Guernsey who came here in 1886, purchased considerable property from the city centre to Colonial Drive, as well as residences on Lake Eola and Lake Ivanhoe. Joseph L. Guernsey’s son, Joseph W. Guernsey, would continue in the family banking business, Guernsey & Warfield, and real estate enterprises. After serving his country as a pilot in WWII and flying as an airline pilot for Pan American, Joseph S. Guernsey returned to Orlando to enter the real estate business. He founded the Florida Mortgage Service, Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association, served as leader of the realty firm Guernsey, Green and Slemons, and founded Lake Highland Preparatory School in addition to serving in numerous leadership positions in church and civic life.