The structure, which was built in 1945, is known as the Vinette silo because it was constructed by brothers Rhéo and Lionel Vinette to store corn after the Second World War ended. Their father owned the farmlands before them and the Vinettes are considered one of the pioneer families of Orléans.
The brothers are said to have waited until the end of the war so they would have the right materials to make the cement for a well-made silo.
The silo may be a habitat for barn swallows that are threatened in Ontario.
Preserving the silo has been pushed by community group Société franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l’histoire d’Orléans, which wanted the building saved as part of the history of agriculture in Orléans.
Location ID #BR0104