Concerned local residents organizing meeting to save Madill Church


If you’ve been following our stories on the future of Madill Church, you may be interested in a meeting this week organized by concerned local residents.

Anyone interested in discussing options for saving the historic church are welcome to attend the meeting on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the community room upstairs at Robinsons Independent Grocer.

Madill Church was built in 1873 and is one of Huntsville’s oldest buildings. It is also one of the few examples of a pioneer square-timbered church remaining in Ontario.

On May 25, a representative from the Toronto United Church Council of the United Church of Canada (UCC) – the UCC owns Madill Church – was before Huntsville’s General Committee to confirm that the United Church has no further use for Madill Church. (Read the story on Doppler here.)

The Town has since sought public input via a survey (open until July 3 here) and has said that partners will need to come forward if the church is to be saved.

Related stories:

Town needs partners to come forward to prevent demolition of historic Madill Church

Fate of historic Madill Church still unknown

Board of trustees says Madill Church needs significant work to prevent demolition

What will be the fate of Huntsville’s historic Madill Church?

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  1. Shirley Schultz on

    Part of the beauty of Huntsville is the chance to look back at the past, part of the town’s motto. Why destroy that very same past everyone is so proud of?

  2. Brian Tapley on

    Curious how “touch the past, embrace the future” somehow gets turned around to “demolish the past if it is going to cost anything” What happened here?
    Can the great United Church not contribute any $$ to help out with preservation?
    What about Ontario?
    The Federal government?
    Maybe a local builders or realtor association?

    And last but far from least, how can it cost more to “stabilize a little old log church with virtually no services, just a shell of a building, than to build a new home? Nobody seems to be able to explain this one.

    It seems sad that we can’t find a reasonably priced way to preserve this historic building, somehow just wrong.

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