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July 2019 Update

The renovation of the Root Schoolhouse at Goodrich Four Corners has begun!

We are pleased to announce that the Norwich, VT company, Webster & Donovan Excavating has started to repair the foundation. The historic schoolhouse has been jacked up off its present crumbling foundation and will soon be placed back on a new solid base.

Thanks to our many generous donors, we have sufficient funds for this first phase of the project. When this first phase of work is complete, we will be able to use the building on a limited basis once again. Further enhancements such as window repairs, wiring, water and plumbing updates will come under the next phase and will depend on continued support from our membership and our friends over time.

Please save the date for some upcoming events: 

  • SEPTEMBER 21: Norwich Parade on Main Street: Come and join us in the parade! We will have a one-room schoolhouse float celebrating the Root District Schoolhouse, the Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse, and the Norwich Historical Society.
  • SEPTEMBER 29: Celebration at the Root District Schoolhouse: Join us to commemorate the new “up-lifted“ schoolhouse and thank all of our donors! The celebration will take place at the Root District Schoolhouse on Union Village Rd. (Time to be announced)
  • OCTOBER 27: Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner: Join us to contribute to future planning for the Root District Schoolhouse! The meeting and dinner will take place at the Norwich Historical Society. (Time to be announced)

Plans for the Future

Thanks to all who attended a gathering on October 22, 2018, at the Norwich Historical Society, to discuss the progress we have made and to vision plans for the future. There were lots of great ideas generated by the group.

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It has been a long process to reach this stage, and now we are within sight of our goal. Many people have been involved in getting us this far. In addition to our private donors, grants from businesses, clubs, and the VT Division of Historic Preservation, we have received a large matching grant of $40,000 from the Byrne Foundation. We also thank Brian Cook, who led our committee through the earlier planning and fundraising years.

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.    

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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.  Please join us!

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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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