- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

BROWNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Plans are underway to move a Vermont county’s first high school back to its original site this summer.

The town of Brownington last year donated the Orleans County Grammar School- also called the Brownington Grange Hall -to the Old Stone House Museum and the Orleans County Historical Society that operates it, The Caledonian Record reported (https://bit.ly/1qfUPNe).

The school was the county’s first secondary school.

The society is in the process of getting permits to move the former school building back to its original 1823 location on the museum’s property.

It said it plans to move the building on Aug. 8 with the help of teams of oxen, which is how it was moved in 1870.

“We plan to restore the Grammar School, including the bell tower, while adding modern amenities to make it perfect for community events, as well as to be used for educational and exhibit space,” the society said.

More than $83,000 has been raised for the move and renovations; $350,000 is needed.

The society has applied for an Act 250 permit for the move and installation. The permit is being considered as a minor application, meaning there will be no hearing unless issues are raised that require one.

The District 7 Environmental Commission is seeking more details from the historical society on the exterior lighting plan for the property. But it’s prepared to authorize the relocation, according to a draft permit for the project.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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