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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Funding for Historic Gaol

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Huron County receives 313 thousand dollars from feds to improve Gaol.

Thirty-five years after being designated a national historical site, the Huron County Gaol is getting funds from the federal government for improvements.

The County will receive just over 313-thousand dollars through Parks Canada Cost-Sharing Program to help with masonry repairs, boiler & roof replacement, window upgrades and the installation of a fire alarm.

Paul Carroll was Deputy Mayor of Goderich at the time and says council was very concerned about losing the Gaol as a historic site in the County.

He says the Gaol originally had a very negative connotation to residents, and there was initially some concern about preserving a building that housed criminals.

Carroll says eventually everyone got on board and managed to bring the national historical designation to it, and it's now a huge tourist draw to the area.

He says it's great to see continuing interest and funding from the other levels of government, especially to get improvements done to the building.


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