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The Root Schoolhouse:
A Community Space

Our vision is to provide a unique venue for our community to enjoy educational, social and cultural gatherings, in a building that has a special place in the history of Norwich, Vermont.

Step into history! Enjoy the Root Schoolhouse, a community space

Welcome to our website! On these pages you will learn the story of a very special Vermont one-room schoolhouse. You will experience the ups and downs of this building which was close to being lost to the ravages of time and water. We hope you enjoy browsing our website and will visit us as we reopen to be a vital part of the community!


Reopening Celebration:
Saturday, August 28 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE the long awaited reopening of this community center.

  • Children’s Games
  • Music by Brian Cook
  • Refreshments
  • Appreciations

    More details to follow, so check back!

Root Schoolhouse Updates

Visioning Session

In May 2021, our Board met in the Schoolhouse to brainstorm how to communicate the opportunities of this building as a resource to the town. Norwich neighbor Holly Kania facilitated the session.

The Board
Collaborating on a Vision

Schoolhouse Restorations

In June 2021, Graham Webster and Blake Spencer completed the ADA access and driveway work. After a decade of restoration, we are in the final stages of this phase of the restoration!

The ADA Parking Space
The Driveway
The Ramp and ADA door

Root Schoolhouse by the Numbers:


Thank you for your support!

$153 K

Donated

160

Donors

11

Grants

30

Volunteers

A Decade of Work

Since 2011, the Schoolhouse has been closed to the public. A small group of supporters and volunteers have done research, planning, fundraising, and finally have restored much of the building. Thanks to generous donors and granting organizations, it is now time to reopen the building again.

Much of the work has been done on the Root Schoolhouse since 2019. It was lifted, the drainage was improved, and the old foundation was replaced. In 2020, thanks to one donor, the building was repainted and the historic windows were restored. Over the past year, we have also updated the electrical wiring, enlarged the back door, restored the globe light fixtures, and finally built an ADA access ramp and parking space.

What’s Next

We are currently raising funds to: finish the railing on the ADA ramp, re-shingle the roof, and install a front porch railing. All of these are needed for safety and to make the building weather tight. We will complete the projects necessary for an occupancy permit by the end of summer 2021. Once the projects are complete, we have an occupancy permit, and the COVID-19 situation improves, we will be able to enjoy the building on a seasonal basis from May to October. Stay tuned for more news of our Reopening Celebration on August 28 from 3:00-6:00, for our fall events and for opportunities to enjoy this community center. The local community has been involved in several successful brainstorm sessions to consider how they would like to enjoy the space. Visit this website for updates.

Future enhancements such as a kitchen counter replacement, ceiling repair, interior painting, chimney pointing, landscaping and shoulder season heating will depend on continued support from donors.

Thank you!

We would like to thank our local contractors and artisans who generously donated their time at reduced rates or as an in-kind donation: Graham Webster of Webster and Donovan, Paul Derkson of Turning Leaf, and Blake Spencer, Sean Dalton of Spencer Associates and Rye Keller for the iron railings on the front steps.

Donate

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please see our donation information. Thank you for your support.

View from the Root Schoolhouse to Hogwash Farm

Some folks ask about our name.
The Root District Game Club bought the building from the town for $5.00 in 1952.
This continues to be our legal name.

Root District Game Club

A 501(c)(3) Not for Profit

PO Box 42, Norwich, VT 05055

vtrootschoolhouse@gmail.com