The Story of the Chapman Museum Buildings

Part 3: The Story of the Chapman Museum Buildings

Approaching the driveway, a visitor to the Chapman Museum was presented with an attractively presented, well maintained collection of buildings. Some were readily identifiable as a schools or a church, others required a closer look.

These buildings are the foundation upon which the museum was built. Most served at least two purposes. First and foremost the preservation of the structure carries with it the history of the individual building as well as presenting a representative example of the type of building and the general purposes such building served.  An individual rural school or a small rural church tells us a lot about schools and churches in general, and about the broader history of the community they served.

Most of the building served a secondary purpose as a part of the overall museum, housing displays that were unrelated to the original function.

It is important to note that the Chapmans documented the purchase details and related history of each building. They generally took photos of the moving. Many of the buildings requited significant renovations before being to use in the Museum.

Here we take a building-by-building look at the Museum.

1. Roseville Church

2. Pendennis Station

3.Pendennis School / Bilinski House

4. Robbinvile School

5. Harrow School
6. Westwood School

7. Poplar Hill School

8. Small House

9.  Roseville Sunday School / Former Warm-Up Shack from the Carnegie outdoor skating rink. Once uses as a home.

10. Former CN Bunkhouse
11.  Misc. Small Buildings & a  kerosene storage shed - from Rivers

12. McLaren Building - Once a fertilizer shop in Rivers.

13. The Ninette Blacksmith Shop

14. Around the Yard - Then & Now