Prince Edward County’s Heritage Advisory Committee celebrated Heritage Week by presenting three major awards and 11 certificates to County residents who have preserved built heritage, or advocated for heritage education.
Prince Edward County Heritage awards were presented for the first time to recognize people making a significant contribution to the conservation and preservation of heritage in the County.
“PEHAC is excited to acknowledge the efforts of all these individuals in the Prince Edward County Heritage Awards,” said Janice Gibbins, PEHAC chairman. “We are indeed fortunate to have such champions for heritage in the county.”
The awards were presented in two areas – for those who have preserved or restored the county’s built heritage, and those who have contributed to heritage awareness through education, promotion and advocacy efforts. Gibbins and Mayor Peter Mertens presented the awards Tuesday morning.
“The Heritage Advisory Committee awards are a wonderful recognition of people who have put in a lot of effort,” said Mertens, who noted pride in the work and the accomplishments of those involved.
“It’s been an extraordinary year for the heritage committee when you look at the pile of designations that you see on the table here. You’re all to be congratulated – both the people who are getting the awards today and the people who work with this heritage committee.”
In the built heritage category, John and Diane Brisley were honoured for their loving and accurate restoration of the John Demille House (1817-1830) in Demorestville and moving and relocating the Nathiel Demille Barn (1841) and Point Petre log house to 91 Water Street, in addition to moving and rebuilding as authentically as possible, both the Cobourg House (1820) and the Adolphustown St. Paul’s Anglican Church on other property. In addition, John has consulted, moved and rebuilt other historic structures for other PEC residents, including the Trumpour Grain Barn (1810).
There were two recipients for the education and advocacy awards.
Well-known journalist and author Alan R. Capon was honoured with the Heritage Education Award for his work to chronicle the history of Prince Edward County for more than 40 years through his books, newspaper career and lectures.
Now retired, he has worked as a staff writer for the Kingston Whig Standard and Peterborough Examiner. He was the editor of the Lindsay Daily Post and editor and publisher of the Picton Gazette. He continues to write a column with the County Weekly News.
Author of 22 books, some County titles include Stories of Prince Edward County; Mascots of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment; Prince Edward County Treasury; Desperate Venture; A Goodly Heritage; Everybody Called Him Harvey; Picton Remembered; Prince Edward County Memories; The Stone Church and This House of Healing PECMH.
County resident John Lyons received the Heritage Advocacy Award for his contributions to a variety of heritage projects. He has served as a PEHAC volunteer. His spearheaded efforts to have the power boat Miss Supertest recognized both locally, with a national stamp and in a movie. He was also the leader in officially renaming the Hayward Long Reach after Bob Hayward’s defence of the Harmsworth Trophy.
Lyons also worked with the Rose Cemetery near Waupoos and Queen’s University students to map locations of unmarked graves.
Gibbons and Mertens also presented 11 certificates of heritage designation to property owners.
Those designations included:
The White Chapel c. 1809
c/o The United Church of Canada
Owens House c. 1847
c/o Trevor Jones and Erin Richmond
Moses Hudgins Log House c 1865
c/o Benjamin and Lillian Rose
Royal Street Cheese Factory c. 1875
c/o Gerry and Lia Spinosa
Athol Town Hall c. 1870
c/o The County of Prince Edward
Bloomfield Town Hall c. 1869
c/o The County of Prince Edward
Royal Hotel c. 1879
c/o Peter Sage
Dry Stack Stone wall
c/o Mary Taylor
Stryker Kog House
c/o Gordon and Janice Gibbins
Rose/Frost Farm Complex
c/o Liz Driver and Edwin Rowse
Log Cabin at Outlet
c/o Connie and Jamie Forrester
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