Maria Rye - Our Western Home






As the building was when a jail. 


Image credit: Michael Scott Brown

Today, where the home once stood





Photo and information credit: Michael Scott Brown
Maria Rye purchased this small cottage adjacent to the Western home to house "Returning Girls" young domestics who's placements didn't work out. She didn't want them mixing with the new girls and filling their heads with ideas. Girls were brought back if they were found unsuitable for their situations, unable to carry out their duties , or if they were mistreated.




The building as it was with Maria Rye





Photo and information credit:  former owner Michael Scott Brown
Maria Rye converted this little structure, the jails guardhouse into a school where girls "got lessons in the mornings and learned sewing and needlework in the afternoons"