The citizens committee to save the Paul Holland Knowlton House is moving ahead with planning efforts to restore the house to its original 1815 character and to raise the necessary funds to accomplish this goal.
The house was the first home of Paul Holland Knowlton from 1815 to 1834, the founder of the town of Knowlton, member of the Legislative Assembly and who died in Knowlton in 1864. The other prominent owner of the 316 acres, at a later date, was Christopher Dunkin who became Minister of Agriculture of Canada in 1869 and who died in Knowlton in 1881.
When Knowlton arrived on the shores of Brome Lake there were no roads around the lake and his home access would have been by boat. When the cabin was built there was no urban center close by and it was difficult to transport materials, so the building presumably was constructed from available materials in the surroundings and with basic construction techniques.
The house is situated on the Knowlton golf club property, on Lakeside Road, Knowlton. The club has an agreement with the Town of Brome Lake to pay $20,000 towards moving the original section of the house to a new location. If the necessary funds can be raised, the house can be moved to the Brome County Historical Society Museum, where it can be restored as an 1815 log cabin, one of the oldest in the Eastern Townships.
The committee now has been privileged to work with two local experts to assist in construction costing and planning. Two members of the BCHS Board are also meeting with the group on a regular basis. We now have draft site plans, restoration plans and a materials listing for required
replacement parts for the house such as doors, windows, beams and the reconstruction of the roof. Our experts have given us a wish list and should any local citizens have any of these items in their barns, garages, basements and attics we would be most grateful for their contribution to the project:
- Square cut logs – 10 x 10
- Round log beams 16 to 18 feet
- Pole rafters
- Pine floor boards and planking
- Cedar shingles or shakes for the roof
- Doors and windows of appropriate vintage
- Antique door hardware
- Antique lighting fixtures to illuminate future exhibitions
On July 6th, a BBQ dinner was held at the Thirsty Boot, outside Knowlton helping to kick-off the fundraising program. Other fund raising efforts will augment the funds solicited from interested parties and tax receipts are provided for all donations over $25.
Arrangements are in place with the Townshippers’ Foundation to accept funds and issue tax receipts. Cheques should be made to the Townshippers Research and Cultural Foundation (or TRCF) with a notation on the face of the cheque that it is for the Paul Holland Knowlton House.
Please send your donations with your full name, address, telephone number and email address to
100-257 Queen Street,
QC J1M 1K7.
For further information please contact: The Paul Holland Knowlton House Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 450-242-2491.