Block Name: “Old Millbrook School”
Host Name: Old Millbrook School
Address: 1 Dufferin St., Millbrook
This double-sided quilt block is the traditional block pattern “Pineapple”.
This pattern arose as a variant of the Log Cabin block pattern. It was chosen because it is a traditional symbol of welcome and hospitality, with the many and varied colours representing the diverse backgrounds of the people who have been welcomed here since the building was first opened as a school in 1890--in fact, since much earlier when you consider that this land had been an Indigenous campsite (see below).
The first school in Millbrook, a log cabin, was built in about 1830. In 1855 with growth in the community a new, larger school was built. This school building was destroyed by fire in 1887; but by this time yet more space for classes was needed. The trustees for this school district were able to purchase the land on Dufferin Street so that a new school could be constructed here. This land was purchased from Thomas Medd but it had earlier been a campsite of the Michi Saagiig (Mississaugas). (If, during your visit, you have some extra time, take a walk from the Old School to nearby “Medd’s Mountain” and Medd’s Mountain Park. Another interesting site on your way is the Deyell Monument, the grave of two of Millbrook’s early settlers.)
The Old Millbrook School was opened in 1890. Originally it was half the size you see now, but in 1923 the school doubled in size. Nevertheless, by 1982 the school closed and was slated for demolition. It was only a dedicated group of interested citizens that saved the building from the wrecker’s ball, buying the building from the Peterborough Board of Education for $40,000. This ushered in the second incarnation of this building: a community centre, with a wide range of community groups using the building, from dance classes, through the local historical society, to 4th Line Theatre. The current “tenants” continue the values of welcome and hospitality. The Library offers a wide range of programs, access to computers, as well as many enjoyable and educational books in print form and online; audio books and a large selection of movies on DVD are also available. The EarlyON Child and Family Centre welcomes children and their caregivers and provides many programs dedicated to the care, nurturing and well-being of children. The Millbrook and District Food Share is also housed here, providing food for local area families three Tuesdays a month.
Block designed by: Kate DeKlerck
Block painted by: Jeanne Moran
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