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!
This summer, the Round Barn is open!
The Mansonville Round Barn is currently open to visitors every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until October 9, 2021.
In addition to the magnificent structure, visitors will discover an exhibition by filmmaker Louise Abbott on the covered bridges of Quebec, as well as the exhibition on the artisanal manufacture of butter and two videos, including one on the restoration of the Round Barn.
VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE ON AUGUST 12, 2021
On Thursday, August 12th, 2021, the Municipality of the Township of Potton received a friendly visit from the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, as well as the Liberal MP for Brome-Missisquoi, Lyne Bessette.
The two illustrious guests visited the three floors of the Round Barn with the councillors Bruno Côté and Jason Ball, representatives of the Municipal Volunteer Group of Potton (GBMP) Hans Walser and Edith Smeesters, and the president of the Potton Heritage Association, Lorraine Rouillard.
Photo in front of the Round Barn, from left to right:
Lyne Bessette, Hans Walser, Bruno Côté, Jason Ball, Steven Guilbeault, Lorraine Rouillard , Edith Smeesters.
VIDEO ON THE RESTORATION OF THE ROUND BARN OF MANSONVILLE
We invite you to watch this film by Louise Abbott which will give you an idea of the magnitude of the task that has been accomplished to restore the Round Barn.
To watch the video, please click HERE
Future use of the round barn and the surrounding grounds
Once all the renovation works completed, the barn will 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.
Photo credits: Edith Smeesters and Louise Abbott
Photo title of the page taken by Geraldine Vincent
Above: July 2019 – The foundations have been redone and the structure has been straightened and strengthened. Work this spring included the replacement of doors and windows, new exterior cladding and landscaping.
Below: Work progress from the beginning
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
July 30, 2019: ‘Grange ronde de Mansonville: un autre petit effort financier avant de concrétiser le rêve‘, Le Reflet du lac (in French only)
January 8, 2020: ‘Rétro 2019: une grange centenaire retrouve presque son lustre d’antan‘, Le Reflet du lac (in French only)
March 9, 2020: ‘Exciting days ahead for Potton’s Round Barn‘, The Sherbrooke Record – Mable Hastings
July 17, 2020: « Grange grande ouverte », La Tribune (in French only)
July 18, 2020: « Potton, le canton ami des artistes » La Presse + (in French only)
August 10, 2020: « The Mansonville Round Barn is open to visitors », The Sherbrooke Record – Mable Hastings
September 5, 2020: « Un petit Compostelle en Estrie », La Presse (in French only)
Newsletters from the Round Barn Committee
Photo taken by Edith Smeesters
June 2018: Newsletter about the Round Barn restoration Project
July 2018: Destination Owl’s Head donates 10000 $ to the Round Barn Fund
July 2018: Press Release by the GBMP about Destination Owl’s Head donation
August 2018: Canadian Heritage Ministry awards $ 210,000 grant for the Round Barn
October 2018: The building site for the restoration of the Mansonville Round Barn will open on Wednesday, October 17th
January 2019: 2019 Fundraising Campaign for the Restoration of the Mansonville Round Barn