Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11 : 00 a.m.
Parks Canada invests in John Johnson House
Sir John Johnson House National Historic Site, located in the historic town of Williamstown, is one of the oldest surviving houses presently in Ontario. In a bid at preserving the historically rich property, Parks Canada announced on June 13 that they would invest $450 000 in the house.
The investment will focus on major structural and exterior repairs of the building, to assure structural integrity of the Manor House. Work will focus on the building’s foundation and exterior wood elements, roof replacement, and the rehabilitation of windows and doors.
“The Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee is historically important to Canada, and of course to this community in particular,” expressed Brent Lafave, president of the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee. “We are very happy to be working with the dedicated and innovative staff of Parks Canada and look forward to having a strong building from which we will be able to provide exciting opportunities for visitors.”
The site is well known within the community as the Williamstown location of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County library. The library offers a variety of programs and activities for community members of all ages. During the reconstruction, the library will be relocating to a nearby location, and Parks Canada looks forward to welcoming them back when construction is completed.
Another tenant at this national historic site is the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee who have a license of occupation from Parks Canada and present visitor experience opportunities throughout the summer.
Parks Canada’s investment in the infrastructure at the site will provide an opportunity for the Manor House Committee to invest in new visitor experience opportunities. Developing new and innovative programs and services allows more Canadians, including youth and newcomers, to experience and learn about their country's history.