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Hillcrest School located on Toronto Street2021-01-23T21:10:38-05:00
Barrie North Collegiate on Grove Street2021-01-23T21:11:11-05:00
The West Ward School on Bradford Street, later renamed Prince of Wales School2021-01-23T21:13:09-05:00
Johnson Street School on Johnson Street2021-01-23T21:10:08-05:00
Barrie Collegiate Institute on Bradford Street2021-01-23T21:08:15-05:00
The South Ward or Burton Avenue School, later renamed King Edward School2021-01-23T21:12:01-05:00
The Central School (later renamed Victoria School) which was located on the North West corner of Collier and Owen Streets2021-01-23T21:13:56-05:00
St. Mary’s Separate School was located on Courthouse Hill on Codrington Street2021-01-23T21:12:35-05:00
St. Joseph’s High School on Mulcaster Street2021-01-23T21:08:57-05:00
Oakley Park School located at the corner of Davidson and Grove Streets2021-01-23T21:09:34-05:00


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President’s report: Year in review

Due to the complications of hosting an effective annual general meeting in light of COVID-19, this year, the Barrie Historical Archive opted for a resolution instead of extending an invitation to join us at an AGM. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on another outstanding year for [...]

Innisfil’s Electric Railway

In the early 1900s much of Innisfil's waterfront was under development creating many new cottages and homes for the Toronto and Barrie purchasers. A movement was afoot to build a railway to service the needs of these new properties along the shoreline. In 1910 a group of Toronto lawyers, accountants [...]

The Mechanics Institute was Barrie’s first library system

A nomadic beginning eventually led to a majestic building. Barrie’s first library began as a group. It started out in 1844 as a Mechanics’ Institute, a subscription and fee-based organization created for workingmen and mechanics for improvement and development. Although the institute received donations of books from influential people in [...]

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