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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hartford School No. 896 (Municipality of North Norfolk)

Formally established in March 1897 in what is now the Municipality of North Norfolk, a school was built at a cost of $450 on the southeast corner of 10-11-9 west of the Principal Meridian and opened in 1899, with Miss Sadie Lundy as its first teacher. This school operated until 1921 when a larger building was required. The old school was sold and renovated into a private residence. A one-room frame school, built in 1921, served as an educational and social centre for the area until 1964 when it closed and students were bussed to Rossendale Consolidated School No. 2419. The building was sold and turned into a private residence. A monument commemorating the former school was dedicated on 5 August 1995.

Hartford School commemorative monument

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

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90139, W98.61711
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.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1995-1996, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 18.

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 927.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2021

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