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Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum

Contact Information

Located at:
3513 Rainham Road
Selkirk, Ontario
Canada, N0A 1P0

Mailing address:
53 Thorburn Street South
Cayuga, Ontario
Canada, N0A 1E0

Phone: 905-776-3319

Hours of Operation (Mid-March to Mid-December)

Monday-Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 3 pm (Victoria Day-Labour Day)
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed

Admission: Free
Archival Research Fee: $11.25 per visit

About Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum

The Wilson MacDonald Memorial School Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of rural education, the heritage of the surrounding community, and the memory of poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald.

Step into a classroom of 1925, when the Union Jack waved over the schoolhouse, classes started with “God Save the King”, and penmanship was practiced using straight pens and black ink.

Lyric poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald (1880 – 1967) was born in nearby Cheapside and published works, including “Out of the Wilderness”, and a “Flagon of Beauty.”

Built in 1872, this one-room schoolhouse was in operation until 1966. In 1967, the building re-opened as Wilson Pugsley MacDonald Memorial School Museum, dedicated to the famous poet Wilson Pugsley MacDonald. Visit to experience a day in the life of a student in a 1920s-era one-room rural school!