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West Lake Boarding School

West Lake Boarding School

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

West Lake Boarding School

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted November, 2010

West Lake Boarding School

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted July, 2007

Plaque Location

The County of Prince Edward
On the north side of Highway 33
just east of Road 32 (Mallory Road)
at street number 13986, 6 km west of Picton

Coordinates: N 43 59.384 W 77 12.174


Plaque Text

Built before 1839, this home, a fine example of "Loyalist Neo-Classical" architecture, was the main building of the West Lake Boarding School between 1841 and 1865. The first seminary in Canada of the Society of Friends, this institution was opened as a girls' school in 1841 and, with the completion of a frame structure for boys to the east, the school was in full operation in 1842. Thomas Clarke, a local Quaker, assisted by his wife, was the first Superintendent. By 1854 the school had a total registration of 110 pupils of whom 47 were girls and 63 boys. The school ceased operations in 1865 and was sold in 1869.


Prince Edward County Plaques

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