U.S.S. No. 9 - Stanhope / No.1 Hindon - Hindon Hill School (1880's - 1897)

Geographic location: Lot 14, Conc. A, Hindon (Stanhope area)

Current address: 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.

The S.S. stands for Standard School, meaning schools that taught the provincially legislated curriculum.

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.

From Teaching Schools in the Late 1800's, author unknown. Source: Tweedsmuir Papers
I rode in a wagon the 14 miles north on Bobcaygeon Road to my first school at Petersons Corners, over the roughest road I had yet seen. Entering the next morning I saw white-washed log walls, 3 windows and 5 x 7 pine seats and desks of 8 foot lumber, had-made desk, same old maps on the walls, a bench with a water pail, tin basin and a precious bit of hard soap in a saucer. The fresh towel each week was provided by good public relations! The drinking water came from nearby Brady's Lake and I was met by 18 smiling boys and girls. My first time away from home, met unexpected kindness by all parents and before the month's end I had enjoyed supper in every home. My salary was $16 per month and out of that I paid $6 for room and board, but was independence and happy responsibility.

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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