Twilight Tidbit Twelve
United States Representative Peter Welch presented the official congressional record in which he commemorated Alexander Lucius Twilight to Carmen Jackson, President of the Old Stone House Museum’s Board of Trustees, on Sunday, September 20 in Brownington, Vermont.
This week’s Twilight Tidbit features a quote from Howard Frank Mosher, a writer who brought the Northeast Kingdom to life in his novels and memoirs. Mosher and his wife Phillis moved to Orleans in 1964 to teach at the local high school. They found a lifelong home in Orleans County, living at times in Brownington and Irasburg. Howard passed away in 2017 while Phillis still lives in their Irasburg home. Stay tuned next week for our next Tidbit from the life and times of Mr. Twilight.
On September 20, 2020, the Old Stone House Museum hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of our new State of Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker and the state’s official recognition of September 23, 2020 as Alexander Twilight Day. Both Vicki Strong, State of Vermont Representative from Albany, and Carmen Jackson, President of the Old Stone House Museum’s Board of Trustees, included Howard Frank Mosher’s quote in their speeches. Of all the writing meant to encapsulate the legacy of Alexander LuciusTwilight, the Old Stone House he built, and Brownington, Vermont, this quote does so most perfectly.
“I like the way the Stone House still looms up on that hilltop, where the wind blows all the time. There it sits, unshaken and monolithic, as I write this sentence and as you read it, every bit as astonishing today as the day it was completed. What a tribute to the faith of its creator, the Reverend Alexander Twilight: scholar, husband, teacher, preacher, legislator, father-away-from-home to nearly 3,000 boys and girls, an African American and a Vermonter of great vision, whose remains today lie buried in the church-yard just up the maple-lined dirt road from his granite school, in what surely was, and still is, one of the last best places anywhere.“