Kids on March Break? Show Them What School Was Like in the “Old Days”

Published on: 2013/03/12 - in Featured News
Paige Pilgrim practicing with the straight pen at one of the interactive centres

The Frontenac County Schools Museum has opened its doors to Kingston area students looking for fun things to do on their March Break.

Kids can take a step back in time to see what classrooms were like in the “old days” by visiting the museum’s various displays and artifacts in a school room set in the style of a one-room rural school house in the 1900 to 1930s.

There will be daily activities, classroom lessons, and crafts set up for kids of all ages at the museum where admission price is by donation.

According to their website: “visitors can experience social and educational life in the pioneer years through the displays of school text books, artifacts, memorabilia and photographs. You may even identify a great-grandparent!

The wooden desks – where kids can sit and try their hand at practice straight pen writing (above left), or writing on a slate with a slate pencil – and the artifacts were collected from the small schools that use to dot the countryside.

The Frontenac County Schools Museum is open for the March Break until Saturday, March 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm daily.

They are also open year-round for fun and educational visits, with activities that include participating in classroom lessons with a “Schoolmistress”, identifying artifacts used in pioneer schools, and enjoying the books used in those early times.

It is located at 414 Regent Street in historic Barriefield Village just across the bridge from downtown Kingston. (map)

For more information, visit the FCS Museum website or email:


Photos provided by The Frontenac County Schools Museum