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 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 by clicking HERE.
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
If you prefer to donate by cheque, please print and fill out this form, than post or drop it off in person at the Town Hall.
Thank you to all of our donators!
Round Barn Restoration Work Update
Some welcome news for our Round Barn! Our federal MP Denis Paradis has just confirmed an additional grant of $176,500 from Canadian Heritage. The agreement signing process is underway. 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
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)