The Life and Times of the One Room Schools in King Township, Ontario, Canada

Creator(s): King Township Museum

King Township is primarily a rural Township situated north of Metropolitan Toronto. Early settlers who came to the area farmed the land and built grist and lumber mills, tanneries and blacksmith shops. Near these new businesses many small hamlets and villages sprung up, and with them, the need for amenities. From the early 1820s through to the 1950s, 21 one room school houses serviced these communities. These schools were the heart of the community and are a great source of local history.

The decline of the one room schoolhouse in King Township

By the 1950s, the days of the one room school house were numbered. The introduction of rural school bussing resulted in school closures as sites were amalgamated for efficiency and cost effectiveness.

It is important at this stage to document the rich history and the influence these schools played in the development of King Township. We are most grateful to the many residents who over the years have donated their photographs, documents and memoirs to the King Township Museum and the King Township Archives so that we can share their story.

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