The Gagetown Group appeals for funds to build a new roof on the historic Tilley House


Queens County Heritage in Gagetown, New Brunswick is seeking public support to help save the historic Tilley House.

“We need a new roof for this building,” said Dani Comfort, site supervisor for Queens County Heritage. “The shingles are quite old and they have started to come off.”

Tilley House is one of four historic sites managed by the group. Other sites are Loomcrofters Studio, the Courthouse and the House of Flowers.

Tilley House was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1965. It is the birthplace of Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, one of the Fathers of Confederation.

Dani Comfort is the site supervisor for Queens County Heritage. (Aniekan Etuhube/CBC)

The house, which is a museum, is a tourist attraction. It houses artifacts from the Tilley family and other families in the area.

“We’ve had a lot of people here who have volunteered their time to scrape off old paint, fix clapboards and moldings,” Comfort said of the ongoing upkeep. “The building looks much better now.”

The shingles fall off. (Aniekan Etuhube/CBC)

The organization raised nearly $50,000 this year through events and grants. But he needs at least $20,000 more to maintain all four properties.

Queens County Heritage is working with the Gagetown Farmer’s Market to encourage people to donate and buy a new roof for the Tilley House.

“We are always happy to receive donations from anyone and would really like to make sure that we all meet our goals and take care of these incredible buildings,” Comfort said.

Renovations are underway and volunteers are putting fresh paint on the building. (Aniekan Etuhube/CBC)

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