Geographic location: Lot 14, Conc A, Hindon Township, at the head of Brady Lake. A very large boulder that was called School House Rock can still be found in the lake just offshore from the school's location.
Date range: built in the 1880's (exact date not known), closed in 1897
Interesting facts: This small log school was easily reached by boat or canoe, but not so easily by land. It was only open from May to November due to the difficulties in getting there. The new school built to the south on the Bobcaygeon Road was more readily accessible to the majority of pupils, although still not an easy task. It has been written that a few of the early teachers who arrived from larger communities, where children did not have important chores to do before and after school, would assign homework. In these situations, the offending teacher would be invited to supper at a local home, and while enjoying the meal would be instructed in the farming facts of life.
One sad story tells of two girls and a boy who went out in a leaky boat near School House Rock; waves caused the boat to overturn and all three drowned.
From Minden Hills Museum Heritage Village Guide:
In the later portion of the 19th Century, Brady Lake Road divided the bustling settlements of Hindon Hills and Brady Lake - Hindon Hills having both the post office and the schoolhouse. By1905 the school house was in dire need of repair and, in fact, too small for the needs of the community. The Stanhope Township Council deliberated over the required repairs. in the end, it was decided there would be greater benefit in building a new structure. In 1896 the second school was erected. It was acquired by the Minden Hills museum in 1990.
The S.S. stands for Standard School, meaning schools that taught the provincially legislated curriculum.
Public access: No
Current use: The school has been gone for many years, and the land redeveloped with cottages.
Information source: Haliburton Highlands Genealogy Group files; John Hulbig, Whispering Pines - Three.
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