This one room school house was built in 1895 out of hand-hewn hemlock logs. It was constructed by volunteers with a $75.00 allowance from the School District. It came from Lake Vernon in the Muskoka’s and now rests at Muskoka Heritage Place. I went there recently with my Granddaughter and will be sharing all the photos I took starting with the school house. Click on photos to enlarge.
From the Archives of the Government of Ontario…
The education of children in isolated northern communities presented special challenges. Often there wasn't a large enough population base to support a teacher and build and maintain a schoolhouse. One way of reaching the students in theses areas was the railway school car.
From the 1920s to the 1960s there were several school cars, each considered its own school section, traveling routes ranging from 83 to 221 miles on the Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and Ontario Northern Railways. Students were taught in a railway car that had been converted into a classroom with separate teacher's quarters.
How exciting that must have been to go to school in a railway car!
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