The Old Stone House is a stop on the Vermont African American Heritage Trail

You can find a full listing of the Vermont African American Heritage Trail here

Old Stone House Museum is the site of Alexander Twilight’s home, school, church and the stately granite building he built to house students of the Orleans County Grammar School. With buildings dating from 1823 to 1848, the museum is located in the Brownington Village Historic District where Twilight’s dormitory— Athenian Hall—dominates the landscape just as it did 150 years ago. Reverend Alexander Twilight was an educator, minister, politician and the first African American to earn a bachelor’s degree from an American college or university. Except for a four-year absence when the school floundered, Twilight served as the Brownington headmaster from 1829 until his death in 1857. In 1836, Twilight became the first African American elected to public office as a state legislator and served in the Vermont General Assembly. He was known as an innovative and beloved educator, a preacher, a builder and a man of great vision.

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