By STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff
The Glengarry Fencibles Trust (GFT) has received close to $100,000 in federal money to help in its efforts to preserve the Bishop’s House, located just west of Iona Academy in St. Raphael’s.
GFT President Brenda Baxter says she is very grateful that both of Glengarry’s Members of Parliament, Francis Drouin and Eric Duncan, supported GFT’s funding application to Parks Canada.
“We were competing with the rest of the country,” Mrs. Baxter told The News. “We are very grateful to receive this.”
On Friday, the MPs visited the site to see the work that has been completed and to formally announce the federal contribution of $98,572.02. The funds have been used to restore two of the Bishop’s House’s north- facing stone walls, including the centre wall that dates back to 1808. The 1924 wing on the west side will also get some work, as will the northwest corner of another wall.
REPOINTED: As the right corner of this wall, the last phase of the Parks Canada cost-sharing grant, was being consolidated last November, David Watson the owner of Stoneworks, found some cracks and halted work. After excavating the area two weeks ago, Vladi Kovinich determined the issue was not structural since the substantial footing was not affected, and the foundation was subsequently repaired with the help of private donations. In the meantime, the board decided to proceed with additional masonry: all this north wall (illustrated) is being repointed, in addition to the corner that faces Frog Hollow Road. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
All in all, she expects that project will cost about $20,000. She points out that her organization also receives private donations as well as an annual allotment from South Glengarry Township. The GFT bought the Bishop’s House in 2016. It was built in 1808 by Rev. Alexander Macdonell, who later became the airst bishop of Ontario.
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