Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to show your support for local charities and community projects.

While The Old Post is not a registered charity, we hope you’ll agree that restoring this historic building not only honours the our community history and past citizens, but strengthens the character of our community and demonstrates our community values for the next 100 years.

The majority of renovations are being funded with private capital, however an estimated $17,500 is needed to support the restoration of the original clock, bell and tower. Our plan is for the bell to ring and clock to tick by summer 2016 – and for the next 100 years.



“I didn’t anticipate that renovating this building would have such a profoundly positive impact on our community’s collective psyche. The building has revealed so much to me not just about its historic use, but about people’s lives, and the character of our community. The connections to this building run deep and the stories people have shared are incredible. It’s been quite a remarkable experience.”

– Michael Hendrick, Owner, The Old Post

Funds raised will be used for various components of the project, including repair of:


The original glass and caulking on the clock face

The original drive, controller and gears powering the clock and bell to operating condition

The brickwork and pointing on the clock tower damaged by insufficient heating to the building (requires a crane and additional heavy equipment)

The clock tower cap and roof, which has suffered extensive water damage

Building a new frame and cage to house the original bell (requires a crane to remove and reinstall the bell)

How to Donate

Contributions to The Old Post clock tower restoration and charitable donation tax receipts are being facilitated through the Minto Arts Council.

You can donate online through the website, in person at the Town of Minto office, Minto Arts Gallery or Harriston Home Hardware, and by mail to the Minto Arts Council (P.O. Box 760, Harriston, ON, N0G 1Z0).

If you are submitting an in person or mailing your donation, please include the charitable donation form (download here) so that the Minto Arts Council can issue your charitable tax receipt.


“This building is a significant landmark in Harriston’s downtown and the Town of Minto is thrilled with the creative direction it is taking. Michael’s vision aligns with the Town’s vision for both this building and our community, and we are looking forward to seeing what the future has in store.”

– Belinda Wick-Graham, Town of Minto Business and Economic Manager

Contributions to the fundraising campaign will be collected until January 30, 2016, and we’ll be posting updates here, on Facebook (, Twitter (@theoldpostca) and Instagram (@theoldpostca). All donors will be recognized in some capacity at our grand opening in 2016.

Thank you once again for your incredible support and enthusiasm for this project! It has been truly remarkable.