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Town Hall (Round Schoolhouse)

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Round Schoolhouse
1822. Grassy Brook Rd., 1 mile north of Putney Rd.
  • (Photograph by Curtis B. Johnson, C. B. Johnson Photography)

This unusual round, brick schoolhouse is a testament to the importance of public education when the Connecticut River piedmont of Windham County reached full agricultural settlement between 1820 and 1830. In August 1821, the town purchased a small lot on the main brook road for five dollars, intending to build a replacement for a log schoolhouse nearby. Two members of a building commit tee, Dr. William Perry and Samuel Stebbins, approved a plan by Dr. John Wilson, the immigrant son of a blacksmith from Muirkirk, Scotland. Wilson had been a highwayman in Scotland before escaping to the United States in 1819, but when he settled in Brookline he became a schoolteacher. Wilson's scheme produced a substantial Flemish bond schoolhouse with a conical wood-shingle roof. A small brick porch leads to the main entrance, and the interior is a single room, originally with sixty desks and a central chimney. In 1910 the present floor, two-over-two sash windows, and a woodshed ell were added. In 1929, the school closed and the town hall took over the building, continuing to occupy it today.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Town Hall (Round Schoolhouse)", [Brookline, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 410-411.

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