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UPDATE: Paul Holland Knowlton House Restoration Project, December 2014

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--December 11, 2014.

larger_img_8850_2.jpg On October 17 2014, the Paul Holland Knowlton House was successfully moved to its current location on the grounds of the Brome County Museum (BCHS). The Knowlton House, one of the oldest log buildings in the Eastern Townships (dating back to the early 1800s) was previously located at the Knowlton Golf Club, where it risked demolition. Now, as it settles into its new home, priorities regarding the Knowlton House are focused squarely on restoring the historic log house for its upcoming 200th anniversary in 2015.

The restoration project aims to return the Paul Holland Knowlton House to its appearance as it was in 1815. It will showcase the contributions of town founder Paul Holland Knowlton (1787-1863). A man of marked influence, Knowlton was a key figure in establishing the first major town structures – a sawmill, a store, and a gristmill – of what would eventually become the town of Knowlton. Paul Holland Knowlton’s subsequent service as a soldier and a politician provide us with a wealth of stories to commemorate.

Fundraising for this project is now in a transitional period. The Paul Holland Knowlton House Committee is in charge of fundraising. Emphasis is currently being placed on collecting donations. Interested donors can contribute to the project through the museum’s website: http://www.bromemuseum.com/donate-to-the-project.

The Brome County Museum, while hosting the Knowlton House on its own property, lacks the funds to afford the $120,000 restoration – which is why fundraising is so important. All proceeds from donations are being channelled directly to a dedicated PHK House Fund held by the BCHS.

Approximately $50,000 has been raised towards the restoration, and fundraising projects for 2015 are currently in the works. With more exposure, fundraising activities may be more successful.

In November and December 2014, a permanent roof was installed on the Knowlton House in anticipation of the coming winter season. On December 9, windows were ordered in the hope that they will be installed before Christmas. Work on the restoration of the house is proceeding at a steady pace, and local contractors are confident that the project will be completed as early as July 2015.

Kevin Armstrong, a student in public history at Bishop's University, interned for QAHN in 2014.