August 21st, 2012

Taking a back road into Blenheim, Ontario (shopping for sweet cherries for this summer’s batch of sweet cherry jam), I noticed this old schoolhouse, falling into ruin of course. It still has the separate doors on each side of the building to keep boys and girls apart. And much of the original belltower still exists, although the weathered sign proves hard to read — I think it says School Harwich. It breaks my heart when I think what it could look like.

From this:

To something like this:

This derelict Catskills’schoolhouse was rescued, reno’d and renamed. It is now known as Monkey Cottage. First published in Country Living magazine years ago, I find myself looking up the link a couple of times a year. What an inspiration. It makes me want to do something about the Harwich Schoolhouse before it completely falls in on itself.

Images 4 to 9 from Country Living, photography by Lucas Allen.


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