Day Trip: The Old School House Tour
Many of Highlands East's original schoolhouses are now private residences. It is wonderful to view these preserved relics, but please respect the privacy of the current owners, no trespassing please. Enjoy the drive and the view.
Start on HWY 503 in the Village of Gooderham heading north. You will find #10752 (Google Street View), the first school on the tour, known as SS#2, one of Gooderham’s original schools dating back to the turn of the century.
Head north along HWY 503 to Bryans Road, turn right, follow 1.4km to #1306. Not only is it a beautiful drive, but it once was the settlement of Hotspur. The school was built around 1900.
Head up HWY 503 to HWY 118, turn left and follow until Essonville Line, turn left onto Paynes Road for 1.2km to #1095 to view this gem. A little far from the settlement of Essonville, but at the time it was halfway for the attending students. Built in 1881, by the early 1890s 45 students were attending the school. In 1906 that number had declined to 36 students taught by Minnie Campbell. In 1965, the school was closed.
Follow HWY 118 to the Hadlington Road, turn right, enjoy a 9.8km drive along this scenic route and imagine what the pioneers must have felt. The school is #2945 on your left hand side. The original settlement had a store, sawmill, post-office, school and church with an approximately 25 children attending.
Map: Highlands East Schoolhouse Tour
View Highlands East's Schoolhouses in a larger map.