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Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse

80 Barclay Road, Wentworth, Nova Scotia, B0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/07/16

Side elevation and door, Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse, Wentworth, NS, 2009.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009
Side Entry
Front and side elevations of the Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse before side addition was removed, Wentworth, NS, 1995.; Courtesy of Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse Trustees.
1995 View
Front elevation including sign, Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse, Wentworth, NS, 2009.; Heritage Division, NS Dept of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, 2009
Front and Side Elevations

Other Name(s)

n/a

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1903/01/01 to 1903/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/02/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse is a modest, one-storey, one-room schoolhouse that has been converted into a community hall. It sits on its original location near a number of cottages on a rural road in the Wentworth Valley. The building is set well-back off the road on a large lawn beside a stream and is backed by trees and bushes. The building and property are included in the municipal designation.

Heritage Value

The Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse is valued for being a good example of a typical, turn-of-the-century, Cumberland County rural schoolhouse. As with many schools of this area and era, it is a one-room, one-storey, rectangular symmetrical structure. It has three rectangular windows in each of the non-gabled sides, and two windows in the front gable end. The building is unadorned except for the prominent lintels over each window, the corner boards, and the decorative triangular ventilation window in the peak of the front-facing gable.

The school is now used as a community centre, but it was used as a local school until 1958. This building was built in 1903 to replace the original 1871 schoolhouse. Dr. Ross Barclay attended the school in the 1940s. He was a Rhodes Scholar, a widely-renowned science researcher, and a chemistry professor at Mount Allison University. The University’s L.R.C. Barclay Science Building is named for him.

Source: “Heritage Properties County, Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse” File, Cumberland County Museum

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining elements of the Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse include:

- wood construction;
- original location, size and massing;
- wooden clapboard siding;
- medium-pitch gabled roof;
- unadorned except for the corner boards and the prominent lintels over windows;
- sign on the gable end saying “WENTWORTH VALLEY No 14”.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Nova Scotia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NS)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act

Recognition Type

Municipally Registered Property

Recognition Date

2003/07/16

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Learning and the Arts
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Community
Civic Space

Historic

Education
One-Room School

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

"Heritage Property County, Wentworth Valley Schoolhouse" File, Cumberland County Museum and Archives, 150 Church St, Amherst, NS B4H 3C4

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

11MNS0101

Status

Published

Related Places

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