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Waterville in Coaticook MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

École HYATT School

 
 
École HYATT School Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Titolo, June 2014
1. École HYATT School Marker
left side is in French, right side is in English
Inscription.
The settlement of Milby dates back to the 1790s. This Hyatt One-Room Schoolhouse was built on land originally granted to Loyalist Abraham Hyatt Sr., located in the Hyatt Settlement, now known as Milby. Two brothers, Cornelius and Abraham Jr. settled here while another brother Gilbert settled first at Capelton and later moved to Lower Forks in 1796, then called Hyatt's Mills, known to-day as Sherbrooke.

Loyalist Cornelius Hyatt operated the Grist Mill and Saw Mill at the river, just across the highway and near where the Salmon & Moe's Rivers converge. The boards for building this school would have most likely come from his Mill. Abraham Jr. operated the General Store/Trading Post.

Our earliest Notarial Records show that the school was in use in November, 1822. This is one, if not the oldest building in the area. During its restoration, the schoolhouse was moved onto a new foundation, part of the main structure rebuilt and the entire building stabilized with a steel beam. The classroom still holds the markings of where the original desks were screwed to the wide spruce board flooring and the pine wainscoting on the wall indicates where the desks were once placed.

The Hyatt School, known as "District No. 2, Township of Ascott" was restored as the prime project for members of Little Forks Branch of The United Empire

École HYATT School Marker & Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By J. Titolo, June 2014
2. École HYATT School Marker & Schoolhouse
Loyalists' Association of Canada through Patrimoine-Ascott-Heritage.
 
Erected 2002.
 
Location. 45° 18.792′ N, 71° 49.588′ W. Marker is in Waterville, Quebec, in Coaticook MRC. Marker is on Chemin McVety 0.1 kilometers west of Quebec Route 147, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located just a stone's throw away from the beautifully-restored Milby covered bridge (c.1873). Marker is in this post office area: Waterville, Quebec J0B 3H0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Louis Stephen St-Laurent (approx. 7.9 kilometers away); Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt (approx. 11.8 kilometers away).
 
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Mill stone (with Hyatt school in background) image. Click for full size.
By J. Titolo, June 2014
3. Mill stone (with Hyatt school in background)
On the same property is a mill stone on display from a nearby grist mill, as described in the marker.
Interpretive panel titled "Grist Mills" image. Click for full size.
By J. Titolo, June 2014
4. Interpretive panel titled "Grist Mills"
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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