In 1834-36 a four-story granite structure was designed and erected by a schoolmaster believed to be America’s first African American college graduate and first African American legislator, the Reverend Alexander Twilight. The building Twilight called Athenian Hall was constructed as a dormitory for the Orleans County Grammar School, at the time the only secondary school in a two county area. Today it is one of the best-preserved institutional buildings of its era in the United States. This is the Old Stone House Museum.
Photography by NEKphoto
To read Alexander Twilight’s biography,
To read about the history of Athenian Hall, visit the Brownington Town History page.