$10K awarded for Bishop’s House work
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.