The following is a post  on my website in October, 2016

This old one room school was discovered along the backroads of a recent trip to Nova Scotia. I am not sure exactly where it was taken, but I believe it was near Yarmouth. You can barely see in the backgrounds a fishing boat harbor.

It brings back memories of the one room school house I went to in rural Southeastern Minnesota. However mine did not stand the years of time. I went there for four years and then I transferred to a consolidated community school as a fifth grader.


After I posted it on my website I forgot about it for a while. I did not even email it to my website readers. Then I started looking at it again about a month ago and thought to myself, “This is a two-story building and why would a school be two stories tall?”

My question was answered when I received this comment on my website from Liz in Nova Scotia. “This is not an old schoolhouse, it was a family home, then used by fishermen to store gear in, and most recently purchased and restored by my parents. You are right it it is in Yarmouth County, NS at the Yarmouth Bar on the way to Cape Forchu. I would love a copy of this picture to show my parents! I can send you a pic of what the home looks like now.”

I Responded:

“Hi Liz,,,thank you for your comment on my “old one room school.” It was taken  on July 24th, 2011 while we were enjoying our third trip to Nova Scotia.  We absolutely love it there. My wife says she is ready to go back any time soon.

First of all, I love black & white photography. I have been doing it for more than 60 years still have my darkroom although everything I do now is digital.   A  few weeks after I posted the photograph on my website, & Facebook,  I took another look at it as t reminded my on my one room school house in southern Minnesota….and I thought…hmmmm, it did have a  second story….my school did not have that…and it did have an entrance which is like the entrance on this, maybe it is not a one room school house.  But I was enthralled by the design of the weathered wood siding and the contrast it made in black & white. In color is was not much of anything.  I have other photographs like this  of old buildings (church, general store, etc..I took on this trip, I only have a few photographs of Nova Scotia in two gallery section but have not posted more there. But I have a couple hundred more still in the computer.

I would love to see what your folks did with this building. I could post that on my website and Facebook.” How did you happen to find his on my website?”

She responded:

“Thanks for the email. Here is a picture of my parents’ “shanty” or as we call it “da bar”. They purchased it a few summers ago and have given the place new life! We spend as much time here as we can during the summer months and as many days as we can during the off season! You are welcome to add this to your website. I live in Yarmouth, NS (born and raised). I spoke with my parents and they allowed me to send you the recent photo. You will enjoy the way I came across your photo. I teach grade 7 science and social studies and during one of the social studies classes we were searching online for one room school houses in Nova Scotia so the photo of our place at the Yarmouth bar came up and I recognized it almost immediately! “

So, here is the latest photograph of the “Old School House,” compliments of Liz’s parents, complete with a beautiful rainbow!

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