Williamstown Manor House to get major upgrade

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WILLIAMSTOWN – The federal government has earmarked nearly a half million dollars to renovate Sir John Johnson Manor House.

Parks Canada announced at least $450,000 to make foundation repairs, exterior repairs to the wood, roof replacement and fixing up the windows and doors, to make sure the building its structurally sound.

The national historic site on William Street is also the local branch of the SD&G County Library and home to the Sir John Johnson Manor House Committee, which organizes summer visitor tours.

Built between 1784 and 1792 by Sir John Johnson, it’s one of the oldest surviving houses in present day Ontario.

Johnson was responsible for encouraging United Empire Loyalists to settle here after the American Revolution.