South Stormont, ON – Work is underway at the Lost Villages Museum site in Long Sault. At the end of this project, 4 buildings will have accessible ramps/porches. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Ault Park, widely known as the site of the Lost Villages Museum, is owned by the Township of South Stormont but could not operate without the leadership, guidance, and contributions of the Lost Villages Historical Society. In a Letter of Support for the project, Historical Society President, Jim Brownell said “The Lost Villages Museum and grounds are rich in history and culture that are meant to be shared with all visitors, regardless of ability. My many years of volunteerism and experience with the historical society and in conducting tours for our residents and visitors alike has shown me and our members that this project is essential for accessibility and safety.”

The received grant, in conjunction with funds earmarked in the 2023 municipal budget for this project, will create accessible approaches for the Stuart House, Forbes Memorial Reading Room, Barbershop and General Store, and the School House at the Lost Villages Museum. Making these ramps and porches accessible is of benefit to the public who access this free open air museum, as well as the volunteers and staff who work at the site.

Mayor McGillis was able to share his appreciation. “Council is committed to provide accessible facilities to all residents across the entire Township, we are very grateful that the Federal Government recognized the importance of this project and was a strong contributor towards funding these renovations”.  The Township is hopeful that these ramp and porch improvements will be completed by the end of July 2024.