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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Forestville School No. 656 (Municipality of North Norfolk)

Named by the Johnson family who originated from Forest, Ontario, the Forestville School was built in March 1891, on SE33-11-12W in what is now the Municipality of North Norfolk. The land for the school was donated by Mr. L. Whitelaw. The largest class in the history of the school was 27 pupils, in 1945. The school closed in January 1965 when it merged with Austin Consolidated School No. 2433. A monument was erected at a ceremony on 29 June 1986, and dedicated to students, teachers and pioneers of the Forestville community.

Forestville School

Forestville School (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 103.

Forestville School commemorative monument

Forestville School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.96061, W99.04186
denoted by symbol on the map above


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee of the North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 918.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2021

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