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Old 09-17-2010, 05:14 AM   #1
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The Canadian One Room Schoolhouse Thread

In the spirit of the Lighthouse Trophy thread on the Ride The Rock forum, we thought it might be interesting to have a thread to collect pictures of one (and two) room schools which are no longer used as schools.

There are many of these still out there, some being used as houses or stores, so it should be fairly easy to spot them.

The object of the exercise will be to get a picture of your bike, or part of it anyway, in a picture of the building. In this picture, or an additional one in your post, there should be a picture of the SS stone, which indicates the School Section the school is in.

If you happen to know anything about the school, either from having been a student/teacher/staff in it, or what it is now being used as, we'd love to hear the story. Better yet, if you have old pictures of it, please post them. Or links to anything relating to the school is also welcome.

If people want to participate in a friendly competition, we can keep track of who's found the most of these schools.

For this forum, the schools must be anywhere in Canada only.
Anyone interested?
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:05 AM   #2
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I'll try get a few pics when I can. Went to a few myself, some are gone now.

You have to have a lot of respect for the teachers of the day, trying to teach grades one through eight in some cases, don't know how they kept it together!

No computers at that time...
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Old 09-17-2010, 07:39 AM   #3
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I'll try and find some pictures, my grandmother was a teacher and when the students started going to school in town my grandparents converted the school to a house and moved out of the teacher's house. They were also farming the quarter the school was sited on.

Fond, fond memories of long ago days.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:17 PM   #4
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Found four, and possibly five today on a ride to Barry's Bay from near Ottawa.

Here are some pics - details later.









This last one, in Douglas, might have been a Loyal Orange Lodge.

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Old 09-18-2010, 06:53 PM   #5
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Cool idea.

I hope to get out and hunt one down on Sunday.

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Old 09-18-2010, 07:29 PM   #6
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Okay, details on the photos EmmBeeDee posted yesterday:

Rochefort, Ontario:




Ruby, Ontario



Augsburg, Ontario, curiously labeled SS # 5 and 3 Gratton and Algona (what happened to SS#4??)


Fourth Chute, Ontario



And the last one was in Douglas, Ontario



One thing we did find in our first attempt at searching out schoolhouses is that many of them have lost their School Section signage. Only the masonry buildings can reliably be expected to have this information, the other frame buildings have probably had the SS# covered up.

I'll have to think about how we can distinguish between a school building and an LOL building or even a community hall.

Generally though I think that if there is only one building like that at an intersection its probably a school. In Ontario they will have a 1/2 or 1 acre lot (early schools only had to have a 1/2 acre yard for the kids to play in, later this was expanded to 1 acre). If there is a bell then its a school. If there is a baseball backstop then it is a school.

Unlike lighthouses which are charted and classified, schools aren't documented, so part of the fun will be finding them all!
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Old 10-21-2010, 04:38 PM   #7
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I found these ruins along 7th line south of Carleton Place last weekend. I forgot to get a shot with the bike with it, but this building was quite hidden in the undergrowth anyway...




Clearly destroyed by fire as the charred timbers showed. Lots of debris like tin ceiling lying around as well.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:25 PM   #8
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BackRoader and I found a good one today, complete with "that stinky kid", there seems to be one in every class.















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Old 10-23-2010, 08:08 PM   #9
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Another Ride, Another Four Schools

So the ride started out chilly, and never made it much past 9 degrees C, but it was still good to be out.



After lunch in Westport, ON, we headed West and spotted this beautiful stone school which is now a home. It's on County road 12 near Salem.



This one's in Arden, now used as the Public Library.



The bell - beautifully polished.







On the Hughes road, near Highway 7.



These we spotted just off highway 7.



And finally, this old school closer to home, on the Roger Stephens drive.

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Old 10-24-2010, 07:09 AM   #10
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BackRoader and I found a good one today, complete with "that stinky kid", there seems to be one in every class.
Wow, what a find. I'm amazed you could get in there and look around.
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:31 AM   #11
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I took these last weeekend while I was out and about.
This one is in East-Hawkesbury, Ontario




This one is in L'Orignal, ON, but I"m not sure if it was a school house, looks like it's been converted to storage, the sign over the door was unreadable. With the two doors maybe it was boys/girls on each side.

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Old 10-31-2010, 07:06 AM   #12
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That first one is highly unusual with the entrance like that. And yes, I'd say that second was a school, probably a two room school considering how long the building is. Great finds, thanks for posting! BTW, a second look at the roof of the second school shows the trademark plumbing exhaust configuration, those H shaped things. I've only ever seen that on a school.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:16 PM   #13
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Been following this thread closely as I grew up next door to a one room school house in Ontario. It's located between Maxville and Moose Creek on Rural Route #9 in a small place called Sandringham. The school house is still there and is used as a Social Club to this day. To get there get off the 417 onto the 138 heading towards Cornwall. Approx 1.5 miles up the 138 turn left onto RR#9 at Tayside Corner.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:18 PM   #14
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Caledon Schoolhouse

Close to home and situated on the northeast corner of The Grange Sideroad and Kennedy Road in Caledon

History info purloined form a Caledon Website...

16419 Kennedy Road* (Silver Creek Schoolhouse)

Located at the north-east corner of the Grange Sideroad and Kennedy Road, the brick schoolhouse was constructed in 1884. It is considered one of the best preserved and architecturally interesting schoolhouses in Caledon. The original log schoolhouse on the property was built c.1850. The current building was designed more ornately than most schoolhouses with semicircular window heads, brick buttresses, and brick detailing more characteristic of church architecture. The schoolhouse was in use until 1963, and is now maintained as a private residence.





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Old 11-09-2010, 01:49 PM   #15
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There's one very near to you Ms Dresda. Just outside of Merrickville, on Richardson Rd just past Burchill Rd. 1890's if memory serves. Happy hunting :)
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