Perth 200 Legacy Project is Underway!
Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016
Perth Ontario – The Town of Perth is thrilled to announce that the Dry Stone Bridge Project was kicked off this week and plans are in place for professional masons to arrive in Perth for Homecoming Weekend!
On July 22-24, 2016, the Town of Perth, Ontario and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada (also known as Dry Stone Canada) will host 40 professional dry stone masons from across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, who specialize in the construction of permanent stone structures without the use of mortar. During the three days, these dry stone “wallers” will build a unique structural dry stone bridge and strong stone retaining walls, revitalizing the old swimming pool waterfront area in the town. The project will also involve students from the Perth-based Algonquin College Heritage Trades program. Students will set out, cut and shape the large arch stones, and work alongside the professional wallers to help with the installation, encouraging apprenticeship and ultimately employment.
The Perth area was settled by immigrants from Scotland, Ireland and England in the mid-1800s during a time when the majority of the original UK stone walls were constructed. As a result, many of the immigrants were skilled dry stone wallers who left their homes and brought their legacy to Upper Canada. It is the intention of the Town of Perth and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada to build new retaining walls and the dry stone bridge in the old swimming pool area to revitalize this lovely part of Perth and commemorate the legacy of masons in Perth’s 200th year!
In recognition of its role in promoting culture and heritage, the project received $47,500 this year through the Legacy Fund of the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
“Our Government is proud to invest in legacy projects that mark significant events in the history of our communities,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “We are very pleased to play a role in the creation of this unique commemoration of Perth’s
200th anniversary. It will serve as a lasting reminder of the heritage trades that shaped the community.”
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For more information contact:
80 Gore Street East, Perth, Ontario K7H 1H4 613-267-3311 ext. 2227