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Help Save the Paul Holland Knowlton House!

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Embracing our heritage, the PH Knowlton House citizen’s committee is striving to save the nearly 200-year old Paul Holland Knowlton house, the original log home of the founder of Knowlton. When Paul Holland Knowlton came from Vermont to the shores of Brome Lake in 1815, there were no roads and he settled in a 20 x 30 foot log cabin close to the lake. These grounds are owned by the Knowlton Golf Club on Lakeside Road.

Your financial help is needed to successfully restore this log dwelling, which boasts its original timbers, for all to enjoy once relocated on the grounds of the Brome County Historical Society Museum (BCHS), in Knowlton.

The house must be moved by October 17, 2014, according to an agreement between the Knowlton Golf Club and the Town of Brome Lake, with the costs of the move being paid by the golf club. The BCHS museum has agreed to accept the house on the condition that the estimated $120,000 for its complete restoration is funded prior to this move, as the society states they do not have the financial means to fund the project.

Architecturally as one of the oldest log buildings in the Eastern Townships, it will be used to showcase the contributions of Paul Holland Knowlton and the loyalist settlers to the Brome County region.

We are hopeful that you will choose to generously donate to this valuable piece of our region’s heritage. Contributions of $25 or more are tax-deductible, as the Townshippers’ Foundation has kindly agreed to collect donations and issue tax receipts.

The monies will be used for the complete restoration of the house to an 1815 log home with the goal of completion in 2015, the 200-year anniversary of the house. Local experts have generously donated their time to prepare preliminary architectural drawings, a site plan, town permit applications, an inventory and costing of materials, and sourcing of historical artifacts. We have succeeded in moving the project plans forward along with the BCHS and now call upon your generous donations to pay for the materials and work needed for the restoration.

The Paul Holland Knowlton House project will publicly acknowledge all its dedicated donors and will provide a testament to the founders of our communities by bringing a piece of our local heritage back to life. Current and future generations will be able to enjoy and learn from this new asset in our community.

Thank you for your important contribution.

Sincerely,
Judith Duncanson, President

To make a contribution to this wonderful cause, please make cheques payable payable to the Townshippers’ Foundation, marking on the memo line “Paul Holland Knowlton House”. Please provide your email to receive updates on the project. Payments may be sent to: Townshippers' Foundation, 100-257 Queen, Sherbrooke QC, J1M 1K7.

For more information about this project, call 450-242-2491, or email us at: blkbart@sympatico.ca.