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Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village

Brownington, VT


A featured stop on the African American Heritage Trail of Vermont, the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village boasts jaw-dropping, picturesque views from an era of Vermont seemingly untouched by time. African American Alexander Lucius Twilight called it the "home of his choice." Mr. Twilight was the first African American to graduate a United States college and serve in a state legislature.

Built by Mr. Twilight, the Old Stone House at the heart of our museum includes 21 rooms of exhibits focusing on 19th century life in Northern Vermont. The collection includes murals from Rufus Porter, rooms recreated from Twilight's day, furniture, textiles, photographs, pottery, folk and fine art, and many of the tools and utensils of daily life. 

On our grounds, you will also find Twilight’s own house, the Samuel Read Hall House (now an AirBnB), the Cyrus Eaton House and its historic perennial gardens, Twilight’s original homestead, Giving Gardens, a heritage apple orchard, Prospect Hill and its obersvatory tower, a one mile+ interpretative hiking trail and several traditional barns. We are located in Historic Brownington Village, amidst 19th-century homes and a church, surrounded by farmland.


Our buildings and grounds facilitate numerous family gatherings, club meetings, celebrations and conferences. The Orleans County Grammar School, built in 1823 and updated in 2016, stands proudly at the base of Prospect Hill. The downstairs of this building can hold up to 50 people and is the ideal locatioin for rehearsal dinners, parties, anniversaries, reunions and showers. The school also boasts a full kitchen, a wheelchair accessible bathroom and main hall.

Prospect Hill and its observatory offer a stunning location for any event. Atop a beautiful rolling hill, a 360-degree view expands in all directions, creating a breathtaking natural stage for your special event. Village grounds offer over 50 acres of bucolic Vermont with views of Willoughby State Forest to the South and Lake Memphremagog to the North. Pristine farm fields, a historic village green and a natural pond grace our acreage.

Contact us at to visit, rent our spaces, stay overnight in your tent or RV, or even to book our AirBnB.


We offer eduational programs for children, adults and families. Join us each season for our spectacular Old Stone House Day with crafts, music, refreshments and family fun; or, for our Twilight Stars Party with live music, an outdoor astronomy party and refreshments.

Children love take part in our Kids' Friday, Time Traveler's Day Camp, Homeschool/Enrcihment and many other school and informal programs. Our Adult Enrichment series offers blacksmithing, beekeeping, rug braiding, painting, apple tree care and more. For more information about each of these programs, please visit our website.


The museum is open for tours from Mid May Mid October, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM.

This listing appears in these categories: Attractions,Education,Museums/Historical Sites,Recreation,Special Events

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