The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society
own and operate the School House Museum and have been in
operation for more than 30 years. The society is
incorporated as a registered charity, under and a member
of the Ontario Historical Society and is a member of the
Renfrew County Museum Network, Ontario Museums
Association and the Ontario Museum
The Schoolhouse Museum contains unique collections of
records, artifacts and photographs -some dating back
over a thousand years. The collection preserves and
showcases the history of the in the Upper Ottawa Valley,
including the Town of Laurentian Hills and Deep River
( formerly the four townships of Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie
and McKay (RBWM) which also originally included Deep
River), as well as, Head, Clara, Maria and the Pontica. The Museum showcased many facets of local
history people, places, and activities along the Ottawa
River in the Upper Ottawa Valley, such as: ·
tools, arrows and spears,
lumbering, trapping, farming, cooking, homes, clothing, tools,
hydroelectric dam and nuclear research,
canoe, steam, trails, road, highways, railroads, and air, and
businesses, schools, churches and social institutions, and more.
The Museum is open to the public from June through to
September and by appointment. Tours are available.
The Museum has 4 main building on the grounds, as well,
as artifacts on the grounds: ·
The Schoolhouse -
this is a reconstructed building based on the original Rolph SS#3
Schoolhouse which was located on the site.
The Church - this
church was originally located in the Rolphton Colony and was moved
to the museum when the colony closed.
The Log House -
the building was reconstructed from an old 2 storey log home from
the Pontiac which was donated and then salvaged/dismantled. , moved
and reconstructed by museum volunteers. The authentic Log House is
The Machine Shed -
this large shed built on the site to house farming and logging
implements and equipment.
The Quyon Tugboat
– Donated by Ron Bowes and Myro Mykolyshyn.
The CP Railroad
Caboose - Donated by George Viens.
And much much
Throughout the year, volunteers work to maintain the
buildings, hold events and fundraisers, maintain the
collection of artifacts and inventory database, create
and build displays showcasing our history, research and
record and building local history, make presentations to
various organizations on the history, and work on
virtual exhibits online.