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 from its original location at the Knowlton Golf Club by mid-October 2014. Over the course of 2015, the house was carefully restored thanks to the hard work and dedication of many local volunteers and professionals and the financial support of the community.
The restored Paul Holland Knowlton House was opened to the public at a special event, Paul Holland Knowlton Day, in August of 2015.
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. Now restored to its original appearance in 1815, it 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 provides 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.
In 2016, the exhibits were installed in the house, thanks in part to the Bélanger-Gardner Foundation. Downstairs, visitors will find exhibits dedicated to the United Empire Loyalists, who were among the first to settle the area, Paul Holland Knowlton, and the history and restoration of the building. Upstairs, visitors will discover an exhibit dedicated to the Abenaki and a theatre area for viewing various films about the history of the area and the restoration of the house.
Learn more about the project here.
Follow the project progress here.