Did you know that Rita MacNeil’s Tea House was originally a one-room schoolhouse on Cape Breton Island? In 1982, she purchased the renovated schoolhouse which was built in 1939. Rita loved living in the house overlooking Bras D’Or Lake (7193 East Bay Highway - Route 4, Big Pond, Nova Scotia). Rita’s Tea Room and Gift Shop officially opened in June 1986. Her daughter manages the tea room which offers warm hospitality, homebaked goodies, full lunches, light dinners, and of course tea!
Joy Forbes - Author of Perseverance, Pranks and Pride - Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse.