At the corner of the old ferry road and the Mouth of Keswick Road stood a
one room school built in 1871
The early settlers knew the value of education and for them schools were
a necessity. The Ridge had three and another at nearby Macnaquac. A first
there were no free schools. The teachers received a fee from each of their
students in addition to board. The teacher was usually boarded in each home
in the district, the number of days being proportional to the number of
students attending the school. New Brunswick having no Teacherís College
at the time, the teachers were usually from outside the province. They
differed greatly, some possessed great ability preparing their students
well for adulthood,
others were tyrants.
The old school houses on the Ridge were one room buildings built
to the specifications of the day which included:
...There should be a cellar under the whole house which could be mad
available for storing wood or coal.
....Leave one opening in the wall for a pure air pipe to each stove and
fit same with wire netting to prevent vermin entering
.....The frame to be covered with Hemlock spruce or pine and covered with planed clapboards or
well prepared shingles laid on brown sheating paper or birch bark.
....Outside walls to be plastered one good coat of lime, sand and hair
.... The wall around each school room to be coated four feet high above
the wainscot with Eureka or Rival liquid slating or other blackboard
....The outside to be painted three coats of the best harden white lead
in linseed oil.
In the centre of the room was a woodstove. The people of the area cut and
supplied the wood. it was the teacherís job to keep the fire burning.
The older students were expected to take turns in sweeping and dusting
the room. The stove was surrounded by small benches with backs where the
children sat. On two sides of the room were long desks for the older
students. The teacherís desk was on a slightly raised platform opposite