Some things in Vermont have stayed the same while others have changed dramatically. One thing that hasn’t been seen in action since the 1950’s is one room schoolhouses in VT. While they may not be educating students in these classic buildings anymore, you can still see many standing, and some have even been converted into private residences. Let’s take a look at a few of these wonderful places you’ll find around the Green Mountain State.
1. Lincoln District No. 7 School
This French Second Empire-style schoolhouse in West Lincoln circa 1888 features a transom, belfry, date inscription, door-hood, name inscription and peaked lintel-boards. It is now a private home.
2. Quarry Hill School
This one-room schoolhouse circa 1880 is on Quarry Road at Case Street in Middlebury. It is now used as the Case Street Community Club.
3. Cornwall School House No. 3
This is the front, southern view of the Schoolhouse circa 1830. This is also now a private vacation home.
This antique stereoscope of the Cornwall Schoolhouse shows an in-set entry with two doors (one for girls and one for boys) inside the large front opening.
4. Sudbury School No. 3 circa 1829
You’ll find the Sudbury School No. 3, also known as Hill School, at the Junction of VT 30 and VT 73 in Sudbury.
Most later one-room schools have/had a single wall of windows on the east side to catch the sunrise and help warm up in the winter. This school has two window walls, on both the south and west walls.
5. Lincoln District No. 2
This Vernacular-style schoolhouse circa 1887 is also now a charming home.
6. Cornwall School House No. 5
Located on South Bingham Street in Cornwall, you can see the band of east facing windows on this schoolhouse circa 1910.
Children pictured at the Cornwall School House in 1830
7. Stone one-room schoolhouse, circa 1820
You’ll find this one on Route 17W in Addison and it’s one of two surviving stone schoolhouses in the town. This now private residence was most likely built by local master builder-mason William Hasbrook.
8. Addison Stone School circa 1823
This gem is located on Jersey Street South in Addison and is one of two surviving cut-stone, one-room schoolhouses in the town.
Check out the central window filled with cut stone with the date 1825 above.
9. Waltham District School No. 2
This former school circa 1870 now serves as a Town Hall and Community Meeting Space. This school was built in a Greek Revival style, with a multi-panel door, transom, and cornice.
Located at 2053 Maple Street in Waltham, you'll see a "Superior School" sign out front.
The sign "Standard School" or "Superior School" on school buildings in Vermont means that the school has met the official rating of 150 credits or 175 respectively.
10. Schoolhouse in Bridport
You'll love this well maintained, former one-room schoolhouse. There are gorgeous views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York in the distance.
11. Stone Village Historic District Schoolhouse
This schoolhouse (1838-60) in Chester is in the Stone Village Historic District.