Farmersville Model School

Farmersville Model School (HM2MI4)

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N 44° 37.662', W 75° 57.068'

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This iconic Athens building opened in February 1860 as the Farmersville Public School. Primary grades occupied the first floor and in September the grammar (or high) school opened on the second floor. As the first high school in a wide area, it elevated Farmersville as a centre of learning. In 1877, its status rose once again when the second floor became the United Counties Model School for training new teachers. This forced high school students to relocate to the old town hall until a new school could be built for them. The Athens Public & Model School burned in 1905 but, driven by Athens' long-standing passion for education, it was quickly rebuilt and reopened with great fanfare. Special trains brought crowds to celebrate and hear a grand speech by a future prime minister of Canada, Robert Borden, MP, who was himself a graduate of a model school at age 14. After 35 years of operation[,] changes in provincial legislation closed the Model School. The public school closed here in 1967 with the amalgamation of all of the area one-room schools to Pineview Public School. In 1969 the building was purchased by the Lions Club for its good purposes.
[Photo captions, clockwise from top left, read]
· Readers used by primary grades of 1884
· A beard and a blackface mark a Model School play of 1912.
· Model

School graduating class of 1891 (3rd session). Some student teachers were very young having come straight from elementary school.
· Background photo: This 1953 class, like others, would be allowed to watch Myles Jeffrey bring out a new boat he made over the winter and lower it to the ground from the second floor of his shop near the school.
· Children on the school steps, 1890s. Note the church in the background (at right).
· Athens Public School, c1941. Note the water pump at right.
[Bottom center photo of] Sir Robert Borden (1854-1937)
HM NumberHM2MI4
Year Placed2013
Placed ByAthens & Area Heritage Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 424552 N 4942033
Decimal Degrees44.62770000, -75.95113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 37.662', W 75° 57.068'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 37' 39.72" N, 75° 57' 4.0799999999999" W
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