HISTORIC 1815 PAUL HOLLAND KNOWLTON HOUSE ARRIVES AT BCHS GROUNDS
On October 17, 2014, the 1815 log cabin known as the Paul Holland Knowlton House finally arrived at its new home at the Brome County Historical Society Museum.
At a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the Brome County Historical Society (BCHS) on September 26, 2014, the Board of Directors unanimously voted in favour of moving the Paul Holland Knowlton (PHK) house onto the grounds of the museum by mid October 2014. On October 17, the house made the short journey down Lakeside Road in Knowlton from its original site at the Knowlton Golf Club to its new home, the grounds of the Brome County Historical Society. A foundation for the house was constructed at the BCHS site in early October.
Built in the early 1800s, the house is one of the oldest log buildings in the Eastern Townships. In 1815, it was occupied by Knowlton’s founder, Paul Holland Knowlton (1787-1863). Later, it was owned by lawyer, politician, and judge Christopher Dunkin (1812-1881).
The goal of the PHK restoration project is to return the house to its original appearance in 1815, when it was the home of Paul Holland Knowlton. Once restoration is complete, the house will be used to showcase the contributions of Paul Holland Knowlton and the Loyalist settlers to the Brome County region.
The Paul Holland Knowlton House project will provide a testament to the founders of our communities by bringing a piece of our local heritage back to life. Current and future generations will be able to enjoy and learn from this new asset in our community.
The project has been made possible due to the dedication of the Save the Paul Holland Knowlton House Committee, which has successfully raised funds and pledges in excess of $50,000 toward the estimated $120,000 needed to complete the restoration project. The PHK House committee will continue its fund raising activities until the house is fully restored.
The BCHS and the Save the PHK House Committee wish to thank all the donors, individuals and businesses who have so generously contributed to the project thus far, including The Town of Brome Lake – Ville de Lac-Brome, The Knowlton Golf Club, Glen Whitehead – Proconstruc, Laborex – The Mason Family, Roch Vallières, David Kininmonth, Udo Scherff, Quilliams Electric, and those who donated through the Save the PHK House Committee.
Donations toward the PHK restoration project can now be made through the BCHS. All donations are deposited in a separate BCHS account dedicated exclusively to the PHK project. Checks should be clearly marked ‘PHK House’ in the memo section. To learn more about donations, please click here.
Learn more about the house.
Follow the project’s progress.