This frame schoolhouse is a striking presence on the early-nineteenth-century East Poultney green. With classrooms below and a large meeting room above, it is representative of a number of schools built in western Rutland County and across the state that followed legislation in 1892 that gave school responsibility to towns rather than to neighborhood districts. Its unusually elaborate detailing combines Stick Style organization and angularity with Queen Anne textures and multiple window forms. While some double-hung windows are clustered, they do not yet have the large banks of glazing that would be mandated by state law after 1904. A belt of cut shingles and stickwork paneling separates the floors, and brackets, profiled bargeboards, gable screens, and the belfry that rises from a slate-sheathed base to a double-ogee cap are suggestive of architectural tastes found in the residential neighborhoods of nearby Poultney village. Indeed, the school seems very much a product of the latter, where many of the details were produced in the Ripley and Sons mills.
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East Poultney Elementary School
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