poetry and prose about place

two old schools in Carleton County, New Brunswick

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On our way home from Victoria County last weekend, we took the rural road from Hartland through Millville. We found two old one room schools along the way.


carlisle area schools

The location of two old schools in Carleton County. (Map Source: New Brunswick Atlas, Second Edition, 1998)



The first of these was in Lower Windsor, Carleton County (once called Windsor Settlement).

in 1898 Lower Windsor was a settlement with a post office and a population of 100

to the north was Windsor, settled about 1840: PO 1864-1945: in 1866 Windsor was a farming settlement with approximately 50 resident families: in 1871 it had a population of 200: in 1904 Windsor had 1 post office, 1 store, 1 church and a population of 200.

Source: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick


When I got out of the truck to take some photos, I was overwhelmed by the smell of licorice. The source was Wild Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill.), probably planted at the site (now used as a cottage).



Carlisle School, Carleton County 2016


The next school was in Carlisle, Carleton County.

first called Northville Settlement: renamed Carlisle with creation of the post office: PO 1877-1924: in 1898 Carlisle was a settlement with 1 sawmill, 1 grist mill, 1 church and a population of 300.

Source: Provincial Archives of New Brunswick


The door of this old school was open to the elements.


Although I intend to focus my ‘old schools’ writing project in Kings, Queens, Sunbury and York Counties, I am delighted to have found these old schools in Carleton County!


The distance between these two old schools was 4.5 kilometres. Not far unless you are a young child on a snowy day!


Copyright Jane Tims 2016

Written by jane tims

July 25, 2016 at 7:00 am

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  1. Another worthwhile post, Jane. These really are “one-room schools”.



    July 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • Driving about, it is quite satisfying to find one of these schools. They show up at fairly regular intervals and when the older homes signify where a community once stood, we often see a school.

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      jane tims

      July 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

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