The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society
35753 Hwy. 17,
 RR#1, Deep River, Ontario,
Tel: (613) 584-2917

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Museum Hours
How to get here
Tour our Museum online
Wee Bit of History
Part 1, Part 2
History In The New Millenium
Native Artifacts Collection
Membership Form
Our Virtual Museum Page

"Community Memories" Projects (CD copies available)

Community Links:

Town of Deep River

Town of Laurentian Hills

Townships of Head, Clara, Maria


Other interesting Links

"Algonquins to Atoms Along the Ottawa" (A look at the history of the Ottawa River)

Virtual Museum of Canada  - Search Deep River for more museum information

A Whispered History: The People of Buchanan Township

Head Clara Maria Local History Online

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The School House Museum is owned and operated by the Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay Historical Society. It contains a unique collections of artifacts and photographs -some dating back to the 1800's - illustrating the history of the Municipality of  Laurentian Hills , formerly the  four townships of Rolph Buchanan Wylie and McKay in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Lumbering is a major component but the Museum encompasses many facets of local history such as Hydro Electric and Nuclear Power development, railroads, pioneer farming, highway construction, life on and along the Ottawa River and home life. Social institutions, schools, churches, Scouting, Women's Institutes, etc are represented. The authentic Log House is fully furnished.

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Upper Ottawa Valley Historical Cookbook
25th Anniversary Available


Dr. Ian Radforth, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of The Ontario Historical Society, is pleased to announce the recipients for 2012:
Dorothy Duncan Award
Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie & McKay Historical Society

 This award recognizes a non-profit organization for outstanding service to its region that has been nominated by a Municipal Council or First Nations Council.

The nomination was submitted by the mayor and council of the Town of Laurentian Hills. 
Besides rebuilding the School House Museum on the site of the old #4 Rolph School, the historical society has also relocated the Rolphton Hydro Colony Church, preserved a Pioneer Log House, and provided a home for the valuable artifacts and photographs that tell the story of the four townships in the Upper Ottawa Valley. 
When visiting the museum, one can learn of the early days of hydro-electric and nuclear power and the development of the railroad, and see Aboriginal artifacts dating back some 5,000 years.
The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society is a one-hundred per cent volunteer-run organization that, with the help of summer students, operates a seasonal museum and offers a wide range of fundraising activities. It is because of this dedicated group that the social and economic history of the area is protected for generations to come. 
The historical society was incorporated through affiliation with The Ontario Historical Society in April 1987.
The Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society, and the School House Museum that they care for and nurture, exemplifies the spirit of the Dorothy Duncan Award, and it is with great pleasure that the Honours and Awards Committee presents the Dorothy Duncan Award to the Rolph, Buchanan, Wylie and McKay Historical Society.

Royal Letter for 2012 Royal Strawberry Tea

Royal Tea 2012

School House Museum - New Exhibit 2010

The School House Museum has a new display. It consists of Indian artefacts that date as far back as 4000 years. The display belongs to Al Bancroft and Guy Lemire and is on loan to the Museum. [....More]


Hours & Admission
How to get here

Museum Open:

June thru August
 Friday thru Tuesday 10:00 - 4:00

  • Adults - $5

  • Youth 8-17 - $3

  • Children under 8 - Free

2013 Events

Event Information

2013 November 23

Christmas Dance

See past funday photos

Online History

"Community Memories"

 created by member of the Schoolhouse Museum and posted on the Virtual Museum of Canada (CD copies available)

Swisha Project -

Coppsville/Clarksville aka Chalk River

Valley Carvers Past and Present

Whispered History Project: The People of Buchanan Township


 A sample of our Collection at the Museum 
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Last updated: November , 2013

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