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Macaulay Museum rehabilitation project begins

Rehabilitation work to Macaulay Church Museum (the former Mary Magdalene Church circa 1825) will begin by the end of September.
An integral part of the Macaulay Heritage Park, the church has been a
museum since the early 1970s. The last major work done to the church was during the conversion to a museum, with Wintario funding, in 1970.
In the fall of 2009, local MP Daryl Kramp announced the County of Prince Edward was successful in its application to the Department of Canadian Heritage for funding of $825,000 from the Cultural Spaces Program. This grant matches funds committed by the County of Prince Edward through Invest in Ontario and capital budget allocations for a total project budget of $1,725,000. The Friends of Macaulay Heritage Park are also contributing to this project with the Restoration of the Heritage and Stained Glass Windows as a priority.
Exterior Work to be completed includes:
• Re-shingling and restoration work to the Tower and the Vestry Roof
• Restoration of heritage glass and stained glass windows
• Installation of Lead Copper-Coated Eavestroughing and Downspouts for Improved Drainage
• Stabilization of the North Wall, Foundation, and the Exterior Stone Wall
• Re-pointing of selected masonry work
• Accessibility at the entrance with walkway and accessible parking in front of the Church.

St. Mary Magdalene c1847

“The most notable will be the stabilization of the north wall. Visible from Union Street, the wall will be carefully taken down brick by brick and then rebuilt using the existing brick,” said Wendy Lane, Manager of Recreation and Culture. “This allows construction of a deeper, stronger foundation and correction to the wall which has been moving and is significantly bowed.
“The firm of Phoenix Restoration, having substantial historic masonry restoration work experience, has been awarded the tender for this work.
The project is managed for the County by MHPM Project Management, with James Bailey Architect as the Prime Consultant. The exterior work phase is to be completed by November 23, 2010.”
Planning has begun for the interior rehabilitation, which includes restoring the interior of the church, providing a better visitor experience to bring history alive, including accessibility, improved exhibit space and allowing for better use as a venue for presentations and performances. Periodic updates will be sent out as the work progresses. Please check the County’s website at www.pecounty.on.ca/museums and click on Macaulay Heritage Park for ongoing reports on the progress of the exterior work, or visit the museums on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/museumspec.

Donations toward this project may be made in-person to the Recreation, Parks and Culture office at 72 King Street, or via mail c/o County of Prince Edward, Macaulay Church Project, Recreation, Parks and Culture
Department, 322 Main Street, Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0.

It was the end of a 14-year run for 62 South as they played their final concert at the Prince Edward County Community Centre Saturday night. More than 300 fans attended to wish the band well as they move on to other interests. "Wow what a night. It would be hard to top that. It's not every day a little band from Picton can sell out a venue that big," says 62 South drummer Terrance Dunlop, "Thanks to all who came out and joined us for our last horn trip!" The event raised more than $3,000, with a portion of that going toward the Macaulay Church Rehabilitation Project.

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  1. Richard Parks says:

    Note to Steve Campbell: Consultants were hired by the County to help make this project happen. Consultants with heritage restoration expertise.
    Good work by everyone involved to put together a worthy proposal in order to
    qualify for the Federal funding-$825,000.00 This is an example of a tough decision by Council to raise taxes in order to obtain federal and provincial funding, in order to save an 1825 Heritage Building that was in danger of collapse.
    Out of control spending? I don’t think so.

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