This idyllic little school house was originally located on Peggy’s Cove Road in Moose Brook, Nova Scotia. It is now a cozy getaway home with just enough room for the creative couple who gave it new life.
In the 1960’s the historic school building was moved to another nearby location and was used as a general store for the next three decades.
The store eventually closed and the empty building was given to its current owner for free with the minor caveat that it had to be moved (again).
New owners David Lacey and Heather Stephens had recently acquired a beautiful 55 acre parcel of land in Tenecape, Hants County, Nova Scotia and were determined to haul the school house over to their property and convert it into an off-grid, eco-friendly living space.
This is what the 1875 school house looked like when they first acquired it:
Here is a historic photo of the one room school with lean-to:
At some point in the past the lean-to addition was removed (probably when the building was first moved), but David and Heather were determined to restore the building to its original appearance.
But first – the hard part. They had to prep the old building for the move to its new location:
Off comes the top so it will fit under power lines during the journey…
Jacked-up onto a flatbed truck, and away she goes…
I especially love the picture below with the tractor pulling the truck (pulling the house) and the ocean in the background…
Once the school house arrived at its new and permanent destination (only a few miles away), it was time to reassemble:
The couple put a new roof on the structure…
And they reattached the original small lean-to shed that was visible in the historic photo:
I find it remarkable that the original lean-to survived so well APART from the school building and was able to be reunited with the main structure!
After a lot of hard work, the old school house is good as new – but still chalk-full of vintage charm.
Have a look inside…
Isn’t it adorable?
David and Heather squeezed in a sitting area, kitchen and bedroom area – in addition to a composting toilet in the shed addition.
Even the pooch – named Dr. Phil – is taken by the views…
This wider shot (below) gives a better sense of how the space is utilized, and what the couple did with the ceiling:
They have assembled a fabulous collection of vintage school memorabilia in the 600 square foot former school…
Heather pointing out the old black board and historic lesson books:
On the backside of the home, you can see how they set up the outdoor shower:
There is no “live water” indoors as this would have triggered a septic system installation. The shower and sink, with gravity feed hot and cold water are outside.
This results in only minimal intrusion on the historic structure.
Doesn’t the school house look like it has always been there?
Just a shining example of new life for an old building.
Thanks to David and Heather for allowing me to share these photos on my blog.
To see additional photos and read the full story behind moving the old Moose Brook School, check out the T-Cape School website.
Also, you can check out another article about the converted school house on the Tiny House Blog.