The Manitou Farm once guarded the back entrance to Eternity Isle and is said to be the oldest surviving farm in Manitou. A while back part of the farm was annexed and a modern stone house was constructed on former pastureland. While the farm footprint was declared a historic landmark part of the property remained identified as 'Development Land' so the deal could not be blocked at the time.
In the summer of 2016 a proposal was brought forth to develop a larger home on the parcel which meant that the farm would lose even more land. The Northgate Conservation Group filed an injunction with the court to block the expansion noting the nearby marshlands would be negatively impacted by any further development west.
After negotiating with the renters a deal was agreed upon to move them to another location in Manitou. The municipality has purchased the developed land back and will restore the original farm property as a historic landmark and tourist attraction for the community. The stone house will be removed and be replaced with a replica of the old farmhouse that once stood on the property and pastureland will be designated east of the barn. The farmland parcel will be expanded to include the protected marshland and a footbridge will be constructed to allow visitors to see the marsh without entering it.
The Northgate family still keeps sheep on the property in the summer and moves them to the winter grazing fields in south-east Manitou in the winter. The barn includes vendors offering a wide variety of free animals both wild and domestic.
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