Since Kinghurst became a nature reserve and SFN became the stewards Ontario Nature and the SFN have faced a dilemma regarding what to about the cabin on the Harrison tract. Should it be demolished and removed, repaired and restored or just allowed to disintegrate on its own?
Various groups doing inventories, research or stewardship projects have used it as a as a shelter, “research station” and storage area. SFN members have used it as a shelter on winter outings.
Porcupines chewed through the fascia, soffit and a portion of the roof during the years of indecision. A contractor advised that it would cost more for demolition and removal than to fix it up. So it was decided to start with the roof including soffits and fascias.
The first step was to replace the deteriorating asphalt shingles with excellent quality metal roofing. A quote was received from a roofer and they were advised to proceed with the work. When the old shingles were removed it was discovered that almost all of the sheeting on the west side was rotted and needed replacement. More material and labour were needed than were included in the original quote.
The roof cost $3,509.00. There is $1,600.00 in the Kinghurst Special Fund and SFN will cover the difference. If you can assist with a donation toward this project it will be much appreciated.
Any surplus funds will be used for the next stage in the restoration of the cabin. In the future it will be necessary to reduce the number of windows and replace those remaining and add new siding to the building.