The Round Barn

The Mansonville Round Barn

The Mansonville Round Barn is an inspiring piece of unique architecture, and a heritage landmark that enhances the natural beauty surrounding it. The century-old barn is a priceless community asset because only seven remain in the Eastern Townships, and no other is located in a town!

Although still majestik in her beauty, her structural condition needs attention. The barn remains temporarily closed for security reasons.

However, on the outside, the Round Barn Plaza comes alive every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the Mansonville public market.

 Photo title of the page taken by Geraldine Vincent

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Round Barn Fundraiser 2019

Saving Mansonville’s Round Barn, one of six in the Eastern Townships, was one of my dreams. In the last ten years, the building was deteriorating, and, despite this, a group of dedicated citizens continued their tireless efforts to secure the necessary funding for the restoration. Donations and a grant from Canadian Heritage ($ 210000) totaling $ 393 000 enabled the beginning of the restoration in November. The barn will not collapse and will serve as an Interpretation Centre in the future which will boost interest in our community. The amount available is not sufficient for the complete restoration. If, like me, you believe in the potential of this important heritage building, I invite you to help us by making a donation.

You can donate by cheque, please print and fill out this form, than post or drop it off in person at the Town Hall.

I thank you for participating in the realization of one of my dreams; it is really awesome. It would also be great if you invited family and friends to help out also.

                                                                                   –Jacques Marcoux, Mayor of the Township of Potton

Thank you to all of our donators!

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April 18th: Launching of a Major Fundraising Campaign for the Round Barn

The Round Barn Committee held a press conference to launch its major fundraising campaign of  $ 400 000 to complete the restoration of the Round Barn.

Thanks to a major grant from Canadian Heritage of $ 386,500, various fundraising campaigns since 2013 and the contributions from the MRC of Memphremagog and the Township of Potton, Mansonville’s Round Barn has been placed on a new solid foundation since last December 2018.

However, there is still some essential work to complete, including the renovation of the roof and upgrading the building to make it accessible to the public again.

Eventually, the Round Barn will become an Interpretation Center for heritage buildings, agriculture, forests, and landscapes that are all unique to the Eastern Townships region.

This campaign is aimed at donors and corporations throughout the MRC of Memphremagog and beyond, the Township of Potton cannot assume this funding alone. The Committee strongly believes that, when restored, the Round Barn will become an important cultural and heritage hub of the Eastern Townships.

Funding Committee for the Round Barn:
• Christine Baudinet tel.: 514 731-3554
• Bernard Sansoucy tel.: 514 704-9941
• Edith Smeesters tel.: 450 292-0547

Photos : Raymond Gagnon

Round Barn Restoration Works

Last February, our federal MP Denis Paradis confirmed an additional grant of $176,500 from Canadian Heritage.  With this grant, the Federal Government will have provided $386,500 for the restoration project. As you can see, the barn is now sitting on a new foundation and has been straightened. Many of our local entrepreneurs have already benefited from these contracts!

Nevertheless, as with any subsidy, we must match the government’s contribution, dollar for dollar. Fund raising campaigns undertaken since 2013 have raised $255,000 to date, including $40,000 received from Memphremagog MRC and $30,000 from the Municipality of the Township of Potton. Therefore, a grand total of $641,500 has been raised so far by the Barn Committee. Other major funding sources will be approached shortly.

Many thanks to you who have contributed to this project during the successive fundraising campaigns. You have supported us and the objective is now within reach.

Future use of the round barn and the surrounding grounds

The barn will soon become a major attraction in the Eastern Townships, complementing the new development of Owl’s Head and this will inevitably contribute to the revitalization of our village.

On the three interior levels of the barn we’ll showcase:

A permanent exhibition on the history and heritage of our region
Occasional thematic exhibitions
A multifunctional room for conferences, shows or receptions
On the Barn’s grounds, you’ll continue to have:

The public market with local products and the work of local craftsmen
An innovative and educational community garden
Animation for children, outdoor cinema, concerts, country parties, etc.

Hans Walser, president of the Round Barn Committee

Photo credits: Edith Smeesters and Louise Abbott

The Round Barn in the Medias

September, 30, 2017: ‘Mansonville: campagne de 40 000 $ pour la restauration de la grange ronde’, Le Reflet du Lac (in French only)
July 16, 2018:  ‘Destination Owl’s Head donates $10,000 to ­Potton for Mansonville Round Barn Restoration Project’,  The Record
September 10, 2018: ‘Feu vert aux travaux de restauration de la grange ronde’, Le Reflet du Lac (in French only)
September 29, 2018: ‘À la recherche des dernières granges rondes’, La Presse + (in French only) 
December 3, 2018: ‘De nouvelles fondations pour la grange ronde du canton de Potton’, Radio-Canada Estrie (in French only)
February 18, 2019: ‘Ottawa ajoute 176 500 $ pour la restauration de la grange ronde du Canton de Potton’ Le Reflet du Lac (in French only)
April 18, 2019: ‘Bientôt un million de dollars pour la sauvegarde de la grange ronde’ Le Reflet du lac (in French only) 
April 19, 2019: ‘Une grange ronde à sauver à Potton‘  La Tribune de Sherbrooke (in French only)
April 23, 2019: ‘Potton’s Round Barn, page 1‘, The Brome County News
April 23, 2019: ‘Potton’s Round Barn, page 2‘, The Brome County News

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