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.