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Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Ranked #281 of 521 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is an historic site and museum owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust. The school was built in 1848, when it was known as the Ward School. The original one-room school was established in 1848 by Enoch Turner, a wealthy brewer and philanthropist, to educate the children in the poor neighbourhood surrounding his brewery. Because many of the area's immigrant families were from County Cork in Ireland, the neighbourhood became known as Corktown – a nickname it still carries today.Turner supplied the funds to construct the Schoolhouse and the land was donated by the adjacent Little Trinity Church. In 1849, the school opened with space for 240 pupils and Turner paid for its operation for three years. It was the first free school in Toronto.In 1859, classes were relocated to the nearby Palace Street School at Palace Street (now Front Street East) and Cherry Street. The Trinity Street School and property were returned to Little Trinity parish, and from the 1860s to the 1960s the school served as a parish hall and Sunday school for the church. In addition, the School and hall served as a recruiting station during the Second Boer War and the World War I, and a soup kitchen during the Great Depression. Due to a severe fire at Little Trinity Anglican Church in 1961, the parish could no longer afford to care for the school building, and it fell into disrepair. By the late 1960s, the building was slated for demolition.To protect the building and raise funds for its restoration, a group of citizens together with members of the Little Trinity Church congregation set up the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation on October 8, 1970. The former Trinity Street School was renamed Enoch Turner Schoolhouse. After extensive interior and exterior renovations, the Schoolhouse opened as a living history site and conference and reception centre. In March 2008, the ownership and operation of the Schoolhouse were transferred to the Ontario Heritage Trust from the Foundation. The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation continues as an independent charitable organization, working with the Trust to support the programming and operation of the Schoolhouse. The museum is open for education programs by appointment and open to walk-in visitors during regular business hours.
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We attended a wedding at the school house in June. The size of the venue was large enough to feel spacious, but small enough to feel intimate. The food and service were excellent. I asked for a last minute modification to my meal and they accommodated.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We attended my Niece's wedding here. Amazing! This historical School basically steps you back in time when you walk through the doors. The school room has desks and furnishings from the era and the church has beautiful windows and original architecture. This building creates an enchanting, intimate setting for a wedding. The caterers they use are superb! Our food the champagne and horsdouvers to the dinner choices to the snacks served at 11pm were excellent. The staff working her wedding were warm, friendly attentive and took excellent care of her and all of her guests. This is a fantastic Historical site for events! We were impressed! BRAVO! We hope that we have the pleasure of attending an event here again some day. Perfect place for an intimate wedding!

Thank Leslie071
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alisonatschool, Manager at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Leslie: thank you for your review of the Schoolhouse - glad to hear you had such a wonderful time at your niece's wedding!

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great location for a special event. Charm of the old school house made it a very special place to hold a wedding. Both the ceremony and the reception were on site and we couldn't have asked for a better set up!

Thank Roberta B
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alisonatschool, Manager at Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2012

Glad you enjoyed your time at the Schoolhouse, Roberta! Thank you for your review.

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