Little Hyatt One-room Schoolhouse: looking back and reaching out

By Taylor McClure, Special to The Record

Located at 2185, Mcvety road in the hamlet of Milby, the Little Hyatt One-Room Schoolhouse has made a name for itself over the years through the hard work of Patrimoine-Ascott-Heritage. After closing its doors in 1948, the schoolhouse passed through many hands before landing in those of the Little Forks Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada. They established a non-profit organization and decided to restore this important piece of the area’s history. After 24 years of hard work, the majority of the renovations are now completed but Patrimoine-Ascott-Heritage is still facing some challenges. Now, they are reaching out to the community for their support. While Bev Loomis, President of the Little Forks Branch of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada told The Record they aren’t ready to let another group take over the schoolhouse just yet, getting more people interested in Patrimoine-Ascott-Heritage and the schoolhouse is a major issue the organization has been facing over the last couple of years. She said they are looking for support whether in the form of volunteer work, collaborations, donations, or membership. “We’re getting tired. Our active members have passed away and the young people aren’t interested except for the odd one. We just need some people behind us. They don’t need to join the Empire Loyalists, they can join Patrimoine-Ascott-Heritage for five dollars. The money can only go so far, we have to get more people interested, that’s the bottom line. We don’t want to see all of our efforts lost in saving this schoolhouse.” See full story in the Tuesday, March 17 edition of The Record.

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