On a dead end lane off a dead end country road near Whitevale in Pickering
I was surprised to find a very large former school. The building is in reasonable shape and the large grounds are well kept. There is no identification sign for the building except for the original marking:
Perhaps it was a private residence for a time but appears uninhabited now.
Here is a reference I found on-line:
In 1865, the Whitevale School was built. The old James White homestead located on the corner of Lot 28, Con. 5 was selected as the site for the new school and cost $150. The school was built by Whitevale resident T. P. White for a cost of $1,900. Other members of the community contributed to the school; the brick was brought from Hubbard’s Kiln on Brock Road and the windows and doors were made in Whitevale.
There is another unoccupied property nearby:
I will identify it at the end of the post.
The black central breast spot identifies a Song Sparrow.
Thanks to Heather Pantrey for these remarkable photos.
I loved your Barn Swallow pictures. I have tried without success to get shots of the feeding process this year. However, yesterday, in the windows of the factory near Sam Smith Park, I caught these Cliff Swallow pictures. It was great to see the birds returning to their old haunt.
Cool in the very furnace of July
The water-meadows lie;
The green stalks of their grasses and their flowers
They still refresh at fountains never dry. – John Drinkwater (1882–1937)
I love these old brick buildings. Are these just being abandoned to rot? It seems like a shame, architecturally speaking. Thanks for finding and sharing them, along with the history of the school.
Beautiful botany, butterfly and bugs!
And yes, I got the “mystery bird”! (Thanks for making some of them easier. I should start calling the ones I get “mastery birds”!)
And additional thanks to Heather for sharing her remarkable pictures of Barn Swallows!