Historic Sites of Manitoba: First Reston School Plaque (Reston, RM of Pipestone)

In 1893, a one-room frame structure was erected on this site to serve as Reston’s first schoolhouse. Although it was replaced in 1905 by a larger school located elsewhere, the building remained on this site for 99 years, readapted to serve variously as a church, funeral parlour, wagon making, repair, paint and electrical shops, beauty salon, residence, restroom, Red Cross meeting centre, library and ceramics shop. It was demolished in June 1992 and replaced by the present library. A plaque at the site was unveiled by the Rural Municipality of Pipestone on 18 October 1994.

Plaque for the first Reston School, displayed in front of the Reston Library

Plaque for the first Reston School, displayed in front of the Reston Library (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Plaque for the first Reston School

Plaque for the first Reston School (June 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.55775, W101.09402
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Reston Consolidated School No. 141 (Reston, RM of Pipestone)


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1994-1995, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 39.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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