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This article was published 21/4/2015 (854 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Caron House is one of the last remaining farmhouses on the Assiniboine River inside the city limits.
It was built by George Caron in 1906 and was located on an original river lot. The 20-acre Caron Park was established in 1980 when River West Park was developed and the preservation of Caron House in the park was undertaken by the Charleswood Historical Society to save it from being demolished.
Last fall there were many changes in and around Caron House, including landscaping around the house and park area, and the addition of interpretive panels featuring Caron House and the St. Charles Ferry Crossing.
Renovations on Caron House itself picked up some momentum this year as new front doors were added, replacing the makeshift hand-me-down one that has been there for years. The renovation of the second floor bathroom is nearing completion and the next projects include painting the entrance and reinstalling the front staircase.
These projects have been supported through the generous donations of the City of Winnipeg Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund, the Thomas Sill Foundation, the Assiniboia Land Dedication Grant and The Winnipeg Foundation.
Caron House Committee is also working on the "Family and Friends of Caron House" plaque/dedication, where families can contribute to the ongoing renovations of Caron House. Contributors can have their family name memorialized as support for this on-going worthy project.
More information about this will be available later in the year, as the Charleswood Historical Society is working on conceptual designs at present. Caron House Committee has a long-term plan for the continued renovation and restoration of both Caron House and the property. This is the start of an exciting few years which will eventually see Caron House regain some of its grandeur of the past.
I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Caron House, located in Caron Park at the northwestern most corner of River West Park on Sun., May 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of "Open Doors Winnipeg."
The Charleswood Museum continues to be open every Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. The Museum will also be part of "Open Doors Winnipeg" on Sat., May 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. They continue to receive donations of artifacts, photographs, and other items which enrich the museum’s ability to showcase bygone days.
Hope to see you at the museum on May 30 or at Caron House on May 31 as we have a chance to visit one of our own heritage sites.