1823 Vermont schoolhouse on the move courtesy of 40 oxen

A Vermont schoolhouse built in 1823 is going to be on the move with the help of 40 oxen.

Most of the oxen that will be used Monday will be provided by 4-H members from Vermont and New Hampshire who traveled to Brownington to move the Orleans County Grammar School one-third of a mile down the road.

Middlebury College graduate Alexander Twilight was the school's headmaster from 1829 until 1855. Twilight is believed to have been the first African-American to have earned a degree from an American college or university.

The school was abandoned after the Civil War, around the time it was also moved from its original location to the village center.

Once back at its original location, the schoolhouse will be restored and upgraded so it can host community events.


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