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Moses Hudgin Log House restoration to begin this summer; fundraising efforts have begun

Fundraising efforts toward restoration of a unique, historical 1865 log house on Ostrander Point Road in South Marysburgh have begun.

People can support Hudgin House Log House restoration efforts in one of two ways – by becoming a Hudgin Log House sponsor or patron by making a charitable donation; or by purchasing a hand-crafted canoe in the tradition of the Peterborough Canoe Company.

The Hudgin House was home to three generations of the Hudgin family, beginning with Moses Hudgin and his wife, Ann. It is located on the Hudgin-Rose Nature Reserve now owned by Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC). As a land conservancy, NCC normally does not deal with buildings. As a result, the County’s South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) has taken tenancy of the building and is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the house and surrounding property.

Edwin Rowse, renowned restoration architect, will oversee the restoration into a small museum and field house for nature-based surveys of the County’s south shore.

A restoration committee composed of interested members of the Hudgin family, members of the PEC Historical Society and local people interested in history has been formed.

So far, the Restoration Committee has raised $30,000 of the $100,000 needed to restore MHLH.

Donations are welcome for any amount. Those $20 or more will receive tax receipts via email. For amounts of $100 or more, your family name, business or organization will be inscribed on a historic plaque on display either as a Sponsor or Patron as documentation of your contribution to history. Your contributions over time will accumulate to the level chosen.

For more information click here.

Dick Bird is leading this month’s efforts offering funds from the sale of a canoe he built to the effort to restore the Hudgin House.

The canoe is called the ‘Severn’, built in the tradition of the Peterborough Canoe Company and is a cedar/canvas canoe, 17 feet, six inches, built for heavy loads and more open water. It is built using cedar, white ash, black cherry and sugar maple.

“The white ash came from Morrison’s Point and is the nicest wood I have ever worked with,” said Bird, who said it takes some 100-150 hours to build a 17-foot canoe.

He looks forward to restoration efforts on the house to begin with the help of funds raised through the sale of his canoe. Click here for details.




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