Fr. Henry Carr Farm
Fr. Henry Carr Farm, located near the village of Beeton, Ontario, began as an extension of the St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) student workshop in 1973. Its purpose was to provide students with an outdoor education experience on weekends and during traditional vacation periods.
For a number of years, Fr. Ed Ronan, CSB, used Judge Couture’s property on the 9th line of New Tecumseth to offer St. Michael’s College School and Henry Carr Secondary School students an outdoor educational environment and to teach them skills involved in building a house. In 1979, the Basilian Fathers purchased Fr. Henry Carr Farm from Judge Couture to allow Fr. Ronan’s work to continue.
The farm consists of approximately 97 acres, the majority of which has been developed for farming purposes and a retreat house. For most of its existence, the farm has served as a place of retreat and outdoor education for students, as well as a professional development facility for adults at St. Michael’s and Henry Carr Secondary. In addition, for many years, the farm served as a retreat location for local Catholic schools in South Simcoe County.
The ownership of the property transferred from the Basilian Fathers to St. Michael’s College School in 2015 and continues to support SMCS students and staff as a place for outdoor education and retreat.