PARRSBORO: Renovations to the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum should run smoothly as far as finances go with the Minister of Highways and Infrastructure Renewal Murray Scott adding $100,000 to the pot.
Renovations to the museum have been underway for the past two years with trenching done in 2006 to allow better drainage in the spring and some structural work has been completed to the museum as well.
Museum Manager Susan Clarke had said that the trenching work was done to eliminate flooding that had been occurring in the basement of the museum. In addition to eliminating the flooding problem there had been minor work done to the inside and outside of the building.
Scott presented Parrsborough Shore Historical Society President with a cheque for $100,000 that will allow the museum to continue with their planned renovations.
"In the last two years the province has presented the Ottawa House museum with a quarter of a million dollars," Hartman said.
One area of concern the group has is with the receding bank in front of the Ottawa House, which landscape work will be done to stop the eroding coastline.
"This money will help provide us with the means to provide a proper genealogy room. The museum has valuable archives that we want to preserve and these funds have given us a boost to allow that to happen," the President said.
Hartman said another area of concern after the contractor had a look was the structure of the east wall, which the president said would certainly be a priority as well.
The long-range plan for the Ottawa House By-the-Sea Museum is to preserve foundations that have been discovered and recreate the entire site that will be called "the Partridge Island Heritage Site."
"Of course those plans are further down the road, but it is important to have a plan. The most important issue is making sure the structural part of the existing building is secure," the president said.
Scott pointed out that the history of the Ottawa House is a big part of Canada's history saying that it should be preserved and protected.
"If anyone can do it you guys can," Scott said addressing committee members, board members and volunteers in attendance during the $100,000 presentation.