TRURO – A former school, which now serves as the Earltown Community Centre, has been designated a heritage building by Colchester County Council.
“It really is a community resource that is hard to find these days,” area resident Pam Swenson said, of the 148-year-old school that was constructed in 1865.
At that time, the wooden clapboard building replaced the community’s original log schoolhouse.
It ceased being a school during the 1960s but has been in use for various activities since then. A formal society was created in 1994 to oversee the running of the centre. The building was acquired by the municipality from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board in late 1998 and in early 1999 it was deeded over to the community society.
A report to council described the building as being in “excellent” structural condition and in recent years it has been used for various community events, including an annual maple syrup festival, card club meetings, other seasonal activities and as a polling station for elections.