It’s hard to believe that this Saturday, August 21st marks the tenth anniversary of a very special day in the memories of former students of the old, one-room rural school houses that dotted the landscape of Lanark Township and surrounding areas.
The late 1960’s brought a significant change to local communities. This time period saw the closure of the beloved, one-room school houses and the arrival of big, yellow buses crisscrossing dirt roads while carrying children to the urban areas where the newly built schools had several hundred students studying under one roof.
The Middleville and District Museum began in the early ‘70’s in the school house of that community. The old walls still beckon memories from former students who visit, recounting the exact spot where they sat at a desk and listened to their teacher.
Back in August of 2011, the Middleville Fairground was full of former students and even a number of former teachers from around the district all remembering those days gone by with fondness. Pictures and memories were shared at a School Reunion during the day as students re-connected and reminisced.
Each of the former schools in the area was featured at the reunion, each having a team of representatives gather information and create displays of books, report cards, student work, photos and artifacts such as the old school bell or a slate. Former students dug into their stash of keepsakes and brought out items tucked away for many years.
The schools included in the reunion were: Boyd’s (SS #11), Bulloch’s (SS #3), Ferguson’s Falls (SS #8), Galbraith (SS #10), Herron’s Mills (SS #5), Hopetown (SS #13), James (SS #12), Middleville (SS #6), Pine Grove (SS #4), Rosetta (SS #9)
Why not mark the anniversary of this special day with a visit to the Middleville and District Museum to once again stroll down memory lane? The Museum has binders commemorating the reunion and many pictures and books to spark a memory or two. You can browse through some old school books and recall how it used to be.
This journal is written, researched, and maintained by the volunteers of the Middleville Museum.