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Old Stone House Museum
Located in a quiet and picturesque Northeast Kingdom village, the museum includes six buildings on fifty five acres. Seemingly untouched by time, this hillside town is centered around a monumental stone dormitory, called Athenian Hall, built in 1834-36 by the Rev. Alexander Twilight, the nation’s first African-American college graduate and state legislator. The stone house now houses 21 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in northern Vermont. The collection includes furniture, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, and many of the tools and utensils of daily life. The grounds also include Twilight’s own house, the Samuel Read Hall House, the Cyrus Eaton House, Twilight’s original homestead, and a traditional barn. The Museum is located in the Brownington Village Historic District, amidst 19th-century homes and a church, surrounded by farmland.
The elegant 1831 Federal mansion, the Samuel Read Hall House, is an ideal place for a small wedding. From every direction beautiful pastoral views enchant the eye. There are two parlors, a library, and an old fashioned kitchen, all with working fireplaces. The house also has a small code compliant kitchen, and a handicap access bathroom. The east side of the house has a bluestone terrace overlooking the museum grounds. Upstairs, a sitting room, bedroom and private bath are available for the bridal party to dress and relax with friends and family. The grounds are designed with a space adequate for a tent up to 100 feet long, a convenient place for a caterers’ tent, and parking. The house can seat 40 guests, the terrace 24 guests, and the grounds can accommodate groups up to 150 guests.
Adult programs take place at the museum with craft workshops and speakers of local historic interest. Year round history education for students and families with school age children is offered at the Museum. Lively, hands-on programs introduce students to the life and culture of early Vermont. Adult classes include rug-braiding, soap making, and blacksmithing. Youth programs include Hands on History, Spring Field Days, and Museum Skills. For more information about each of these programs, please visit our website.
The Museum is open for tours from May 15 - October 15, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 5pm. The office is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10am to 5pm in the off season.
Old Stone House Museum
Peggy Day Gibson
109 Old Stone House Road
Brownington, VT 05860 Phone: 802-754-2022
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