1890 Glen Orchard Schoolhouse and Cemetery

1890 Glen Orchard Schoolhouse and Cemetery Heritage Designation

glen orchard schoolhouse and cemetery

Early in 2009 the Township of Muskoka Lakes designated the 1890 Glen Orchard Schoolhouse and Cemetery as a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act.  Research by a Heritage Consultant showed this property should be designated on the basis of its historical, design, and associative importance.  In brief, our reasons for designation are as follows:

The frame building was built in 1890 and is an excellent and well-preserved example of a one-room rural school which was a prominent institution and played a central role in community life.  Later, the building served the community as a library and home to the Glen Orchard Women’s Institute.


The cemetery is also of value as a good example of a rural burial ground.  Many descendants of pioneering families are interred here.  The gravesites provide important insight into the lives of Glen Orchard’s residents.  The fenced, grassy setting creates a secure burial place for the dead, an area for monuments and markers that perpetuate the memory of inhabitants, and a cleared, green space for public use.

The specific features of the 1890 Glen Orchard Schoolhouse and Cemetery deserving protection are:


  • White, cove-siding clad wood envelope
  • Contrasting wooden fascia, corner boards, door and window trims
  • Gable roof with tin sheathing
  • Stone foundation
  • Four six-over-six sash windows
  • Original five-panel door with hardware at front entry
  • Interior elements which reflect the building’s use as a school
  • Its location, setback from the road, orientation, and dimensions
  • Its monuments and markers with surviving inscriptions and varieties of styles
  • Its grassed open space and placement of gravesites


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