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Old Stone House Museum

Brownington, VT


Located in a quiet and picturesque Northeast Kingdom village, the museum includes six buildings on 55 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 buildings and grounds also facilitate family gatherings, celebrations and conferences. The Grammar School, built in 1823 and recently updated, 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 Grammar School boasts a full kitchen, a wheelchair accessible bathroom and main hall.

Prospect Hill & Observatory is 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. Pristine farm fields, historic village green and a natural pond grace our acreage. Build your custom venue with tents, bands, the works! Our staff will work with you to find the best location on the grounds, depending on your space, parking and amenity needs.


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, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the off season.

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