$10K awarded for Bishop’s House work

The Glengarry News - - News - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

The Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust has re­ceived a $10,000 grant from Farm Credit Canada to re­store the her­itage gar­den and dry­s­tone wall at the Bishop’s House in St. Raphael’s.

The grant came from Farm Credit Canada’s Agrispirit Fund, which has a man­date to en­hance ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties such as St. Raphael’s.

“The FCC’s gen­er­ous fund­ing will al­low us to sta­bi­lize most of the gar­den wall, clear a safe path­way through the lilacs, re­store an­tique lamp posts, and pur­chase her­itage plants,” writes Brenda Bax­ter, a di­rec­tor with the Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust. “Our ut­most goal is to al­low all vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty and seren­ity of the Bishop’s House, part of St. Raphael’s Ru­ins Na­tional His­toric Site.”

The Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust is the or­ga­ni­za­tion that owns and looks af­ter the Bishop’s House, which was built in the early 1800s by Alexan­der Macdonell, the first bishop of Up­per Canada. In sub­se­quent years, the build­ing served as a school and as an al­co­hol treat­ment cen­tre un­til it fell into dis­use in the 21st Cen­tury.

The build­ing’s former owner, the dio­cese of Alexan­dri­aCorn­wall, planned to de­mol­ish the build­ing un­til South Glen­garry Town­ship in­ter­ceded to as­sist the Glen­garry Fen­ci­bles Trust in pur­chas­ing the build­ing in or­der to save it.

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