School House Museum

Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay
Historical Society

35753 Hwy. 17,  Laurentian Hills, Ontario

Tel: (613) 584-2917  Email:


Facebook @Schoolhouse.Museum.Ottawa.Valley

Museum Hours:

July and August
Thursday thru Monday 10:00 - 4:00
By Appointment


FREE this year **

**Thanks to a grant from Deep River and District  Community Foundation


Renfrew County Museum Network
Ontario Historical Socieity

Ontario Museums Association

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What's New


Membership Form

How to get here


See Us on Facebook

About us

Online Information

Virtual Tours

Workshops and Activities

Tamarack Archive Online



Wee Bit of Townshp History
Part 1, Part 2

"Community Memories" Projects (CD copies available)

History in the New Millenium

Native Artifacts Collection

A Whispered History: The People of Buchanan Township

Community Links:

Town of Deep River

Town of Laurentian Hills

Townships of Head, Clara, Maria

Other interesting Links

"Algonquins to Atoms Along the Ottawa" (A look at the history of the Ottawa River)

Virtual Museum of Canada 

Head Clara Maria Local History Online

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June 24th

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July 28 12-4 pm

See past funday photos


Dr. Ian Radforth, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of The Ontario Historical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients for 2012:
Dorothy Duncan Award
Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay Historical Society

 This award recognizes a non-profit organization for outstanding service to its region that has been nominated by a Municipal Council or First Nations Council.

The nomination was submitted by the mayor and council of the Town of Laurentian Hills. 
Besides rebuilding the School House Museum on the site of the old #4 Rolph School, the historical society has also relocated the Rolphton Hydro Colony Church, preserved a Pioneer Log House, and provided a home for the valuable artifacts and photographs that tell the story of the four townships in the Upper Ottawa Valley. 
When visiting the museum, one can learn of the early days of hydro-electric and nuclear power and the development of the railroad, and see Aboriginal artifacts dating back some 5,000 years.
The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society is a one-hundred per cent volunteer-run organization that, with the help of summer students, operates a seasonal museum and offers a wide range of fundraising activities. It is because of this dedicated group that the social and economic history of the area is protected for generations to come. 
The historical society was incorporated through affiliation with The Ontario Historical Society in April 1987.
The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society, and the School House Museum that they care for and nurture, exemplifies the spirit of the Dorothy Duncan Award, and it is with great pleasure that the Honours and Awards Committee presents the Dorothy Duncan Award to the Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society.




May 4 Cleanup Day

Come out and help us get ready for the season, all help welcome, Bring a rake or bring gloves. Outside and Inside cleanup planned.

2013 Royal Letter for 2012 Royal Strawberry Tea




August 4, 2012    9-11


2012 Events

August 4, 2012    9-11

Pancake Breakfast at the Museum

$10 per Person


July 29, 2012 12:00-4:00 pm

Funday at the Museum

See past funday photos




2012 June 24  Strawberry Social

2011 Events

2011 Events

The annual Christmas Dance sponsored by the RBWM Historical Society (School House Museum) will be held Saturday , Nov 26th from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am in the Lions Ckub Hall in Chalk River Ontario. Music by "The Entertainers". Admission - $25.00 pr couple, $12.50 Single. A light lunch is included.

The Annual Pre Christmas Bake sale , sponsored by the School House Museum will be held at the Lions Club Hall in Chalk River on Sunday 20 Nov 2011. Come stock up on all the home made goodies.

Fun Day

Past fun day photos


The School House Museum is located just 15 minutes West of Deep River on Hwy 17 at Meilleurs Bay.




Regular Events

Monthly Meetings - Open to everyone

Memberships in the Historical Society.

Staying the Run Book

  • Copies are still available - a great buy and a great gift at $15.00.
  • This is an interesting and comprehensive history of our area, compiled two years ago.

Special Historical Projects



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Last updated: July, 2020