40 oxen to move 1823 Vermont schoolhouse to original site


BROWNINGTON, VT. >> A Vermont schoolhouse dating to 1823 will be returned to its original site with the help of 40 oxen.

The Burlington Free Press reports (http://bfpne.ws/2b1vxwL ) the oxen will pull the Orleans County Grammar School in Brownington one-third of a mile down the road next Monday to its original location.

Alexander Twilight was the school's headmaster from 1829 until 1855. According to Middlebury College, where Twilight studied, he was the first African-American known to have earned a degree from an American college or university.

The school was abandoned after the Civil War and didn't operate from 1865 through 1870. By then it moved from its original location in the Prospect Hill neighborhood to the village center.

With the addition of the schoolhouse, the Orleans County Historical Society now owns seven historic buildings in Prospect Hill.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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