Phase I of the Root Schoolhouse renovation is complete! 

We are pleased to announce that the foundation of the Root Schoolhouse has been replaced, thanks to Webster & Donovan Excavating and our generous donors and supporters. Over the summer, the historic schoolhouse was jacked up off its crumbling foundation, the site was excavated, concrete was poured, and the schoolhouse was placed back down on a new solid base. The finishing touches were recently completed. Thanks to our many generous donors, we had sufficient funds for this first phase of the project.

Now that we have completed the drainage and foundation project (phase 1), there are a few essential projects required by the state to comply with the occupancy permit before we can use the building (phase 2). We are presently raising funds for an ADA access ramp, an accessible parking space, a complete electrical system, and a fire protection system. We plan to complete these projects by summer 2020, at which point we will be able to enjoy the building on a seasonal basis.

Future enhancements such as painting, window restoration, driveway/parking improvements, compostable toilet installation, and heating will come under a third phase and will depend on continued support from donors.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, see our donation information.

Plans for the Future

Thanks to all who attended gatherings at the Norwich Historical Society in October 2018 and again in October 2019 to discuss the progress we have made and to envision plans for the future. There have been lots of great ideas generated by our supporters.

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: vtrootschoolhouse@gmail.com.

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.


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  1. I believe my great aunt, Eunice Goldie Fifield Gilman, was a teacher at the Root School. She boarded in Norwich in 1930, married my great uncle, Lee Gilman in 1935. They lived all there married life on the Gilman farm on the Turnpike Road in Norwich.
    I have in my possession a postcard that was with my grandmother, Ruth Gilman White’s, small collection of items that was passed on to me. The picture is of a teacher with 11 children in front of the schoolhouse.
    My thought is two-fold. Can you confirm that she was a teacher there and if you don’t already have a copy of this particular postcard I would like to donate it so we need to know who to contact. Polly Lee O’Neill Dickinson (my mother was Ruth Gilman’s daughter) home phone # is 603-632-4171


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