I’ve ridden by this building a thousand times when I was a youngster. I knew it was a school house, but but beyond that I really didn’t put much attention on it. Back in the ‘60s, the front door was bricked up and I always though it was abandoned.
Today a deal of restoration work has been done and now I know a little bit more about this building that is on the corner of Rt 153 and Warren Switch Road, or “Switch Road” as we called it.
It goes back to 1852 when this school house was erected. The town of Pawlet had 10 similar one room school houses. Its predecessor was a wooden structure that burned down. This was part of a settlement known as Braintree which was named for the town of New Braintree, Massachusetts where its original settlers came from. This building earned a place on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. It is gable-front Federal Style school, it has long-leaf yellow pine flooring, the original wide board blackboards and the original Ajax wood stove.
Now if you are a fan of masonry, what you are looking at here are the double wythe rose brick walls laid out in five course American Bond.
Across the street from this location is a great example of a beautiful Vermont setting in the summer.