DOAKTOWN (GNB) – The provincial government is issuing a tender to reconstruct the historic Doak House barn. The project will be funded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, and the Atlantic Salmon Museum.

“The Doak House barn was an important part of the Doak House Provincial Heritage Place,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Fraser. “This project will ensure the barn continues to play a part in showcasing New Brunswick’s proud cultural heritage. I am extremely proud that we will be able to present this finished project, which was originally scheduled for completion over a number of years, to the community of Doaktown within the next calendar year.”

The barn had to be torn down after a 2014 structural assessment determined the structure was in poor condition, with substantial rot and structural damage.

The plans include replacement of the original barn structure, exterior and interior finishes, barrier-free washrooms and a storage room, as well as a kitchen and community room with an attached open-faced pole barn.

“The Doak House site and the Atlantic Salmon Museum have a well-earned reputation for promoting our province’s rich history,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister John Ames. “We are pleased this joint effort will help restore the Doak House barn to its original appearance while also making it fully accessible.”

The construction contract is expected to be awarded early in the new year, with project completion tentatively scheduled during 2017.

Doak House Provincial Heritage Place, with a history stretching back to the 1820s, is an important part of New Brunswick’s cultural heritage. More information on Doak House is available on the website of the Atlantic Salmon Museum.