Lately, workers from the Asociación Patrimonial Cultural de la Región de Los Ríos and the Municipality of Futrono made several technical visits to places of heritage interest in the commune, where they had the opportunity to visit the Casona del Lago Maihue, currently owned by the municipality, which was once a house for the local community and later a school; the “González” Mill, built approximately in the 1940s and which was in use until 2003; and the Loncopan complex, composed of several buildings located in the Loncopan Bajo and Loncopan Alto sectors, highlighting the Patronal House of Don Benigno Saá Pinto, which is in a good state of preservation. Municipal officials also participated in this activity.
“This field trip with the Cultural Heritage Association of the Los Ríos Region is a great first step to gradually realize what we as a community have been longing for a long time, in relation to the enhancement of the cultural heritage of our community. It also sets in motion the Municipal Culture Plan that will come into effect in 2022, which has as part of its strategic axes to generate greater knowledge on the part of local residents regarding their cultural heritage and on the other hand, to enable spaces for cultural activities, such as museums, public and community spaces, places for the practice of visual and musical arts, folklore, among others”, said Macarena Sandoval, in charge of the Flora Zaffaroni Cultural Center, Municipality of Futrono.
Leyla Sade, Heritage Director of the Cultural Heritage Association of the Los Ríos Region, said: “Heritage assets such as the Mill and the Loncopan architectural complex highlight the importance of the rural world of our region, testimonies of agricultural, forestry and livestock development that have been transformed into an industrial heritage that allows us to transport us back in time and also has great potential for its enhancement”.