Root Schoolhouse Vision
To provide a unique venue for our community to use for educational, social and cultural occasions in a building that honors and reflects its special place in the history of Norwich, Vermont.
Update on the Root Schoolhouse Renovation Projects
After lifting the building and completing the Root Schoolhouse drainage and foundation project during 2019, we are continuing to raise funds and complete renovation projects. Some of this work is required by the state to comply with the occupancy permit.
Thanks to many donors, we recently completed necessary electric work, added a new back door, and started construction on an ADA compliant access ramp.
Thanks to one very generous donor, the historic windows have been restored and the building got a fresh coat of paint.
Several volunteers have been cleaning the building, maintaining the property, and installing insulation in the basement.
We are currently raising funds to complete projects, including the ADA access ramp, an accessible parking space, light fixtures, front porch railing, and a fire protection system.
We hope to complete some of the projects in fall 2020 and the rest in the spring of 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.
Future enhancements such as additional driveway/parking improvements, restroom renovations, and heating will depend on continued support from donors.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please see our donation information.
Plans for the Future
Thanks to all who attended gatherings at the Norwich Historical Society in October 2018 and in October 2019 and the recent Pie Sale at the Schoolhouse to hear about the progress we have made and to envision plans for the future. There have been lots of great ideas generated by our supporters. See some of those ideas in the picture below.
We invite you to help bring the Schoolhouse back to life by supporting it with your time, talent, ideas, and energy. If you would like to join us, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the Root Schoolhouse
The Root Schoolhouse in Norwich, Vermont is a one-room schoolhouse built in 1937 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The building was used as a school until 1945, then as a community center from 1952 to 2011, when it was closed for all public use due to its deteriorating foundation. The Root District Game Club, caretakers and owners of the building since 1952 and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is working to save the Schoolhouse and return it to public use.