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
Round Barn Restoration Works: Where are we at?
JULY 2019: THE DREAM BECOMES A REALITY
Thanks to our different fundraising campaigns since 2010, the Round Barn restauration is almost complete. We would like to thank the local contractors, workers, artisans and suppliers who supported us in the realization of this fantastic project and who often had to work in difficult conditions.
Major work was begun at the end of October 2018, thanks to our various fundraising campaigns (over $ 300,000 since 2010) and to the generous grant of $ 386,500 from Canadian Heritage. 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.
The barn has definitely been saved and we have already respected the commitment made to Canadian Heritage to preserve a heritage building and it will soon be accessible to the public again.
The total cost of the renovations is currently approximately $ 725,000. We have yet to redo the roof and complete the interior fittings.
That’s why, last May, we launched a $ 400,000 fundraising campaign targeting businesses and patrons in the region. This campaign has already raised over $ 225,000! We extend our warmest thanks to Destination Owl’s Head, the Fred Korman family, Paul Desmarais Jr and Daniel Giroux for their substantial recent donations, and to the Caisse Desjardins du Lac-Memphremagog for their financial support.
Your financial contribution would really be appreciated since we are so close of our final goal. A Private visit of the barn is planned at the end of July for all donors. A committee is already looking into the activity program in anticipation of the reopening of the barn in 2020.
Hoping to count you as an important donor on the Round Barn honor roll,
For the Round Barn Committee, Hans Walser, President, 450-292-3566 https://www.facebook.com/grange.ronde/
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.
Photo credits: Edith Smeesters and Louise Abbott
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
• Bernard Sansoucy tel.: 514 704-9941 email@example.com
• Edith Smeesters tel.: 450 292-0547 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos : Raymond Gagnon
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
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