Abandoned Vermont: Wheelock Schoolhouse

While traveling the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, a few friends and I came across a deteriorated concrete bridge. I have a newfound adoration for concrete bridges so we paused to look at it. When we turned to the side we saw an abandoned building that looked partially like a general store and partially like a school. It was boarded up so we couldn’t see much, but it was (of course) fascinating.

Small concrete bridges are all over backroads of Vermont. This one dates to 1934.

Unfortunately, this is what happens to concrete bridges that are not maintained. Another sad story for another post...

Located at the crossroads - a logical location. Interesting additions, yes?

It’s hard to figure out the history of the building without stepping inside, but I have some guesses. The front gable has “1924” in the peak, so that makes sense for a school (see the window picture, too). I peaked in where I could (without trespassing, fyi) and it seems like this was most recently a residence. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it served as some sort of store, too.

Another view of the front.

See where it is boarded up? The long line of windows always indicated a 1920s/30s schoolhouse, when light and more sanitary buildings were very important in education reform. Usually there are at least 4 windows (judging by what I've seen so far - sometimes 6 or 7). This one has 5 windows.

A mattress frame, a window in front of a window. What gets left behind in abandoned buildings in often puzzling.

Layers of siding. Also, the rear addition (beginning on the right) was just abutting the front building, barely attached at all.

Often, the worst part about abandoned buildings is the feeling that they will be abandoned forever and eventually fall. What stories lie in this building, just sitting lonely on a dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont: Wheelock Schoolhouse

  1. Krystal says:

    I REALLY like the window with a window and a mattress frame picture. Very cool & interesting 🙂

    Also, its interesting seeing that shed roof on the front held up by those posts on the side of the house. I don’t think I’ve seen too many of those… at least not here.

    I love this series 🙂 Here’s a cool, spooky old house from Riverside, CA – The Sweatt House:

    William and Nettie Sweatt House 3

    & a bit more info on it, which I’m happy to report (since its not being demolished) :

    http://www.oldriverside.org/archives/280

  2. Kiera Nicole MacDonald says:

    I would love to be in contact with you. This was the last known residence of My father who recently passed this month. For years I’ve been trying to get information on this house and where it was located or how to find it. For some reason today I stumbled upon your blog and this looks exactly like the replica of the house my grandfather built for my dad. There’s much more to this story and this might be a little confusing but any information would be amazing! Kierac2@yahoo.com is my email. Thank you so much

  3. John Cioffi says:

    That schoolhouse is now owned by my in-laws. When they purchased the property, the schoolhouse was full of a wide variety of “stuff.” Looked like the previous owner used it to store items from auctions or yard sales. Over the last 6 years much of the stuff has been cleared out by my in-laws or a few other visitors.

    Another previous owner added a dormer and possibly used it as a camp. The rear of the building was affected by Hurricane Irene and is now pulled further from the main part of the schoolhouse. There are two streams that meet in the rear of the schoolhouse and the supports in the back were affected when the banks of the two streams were washed away. The rear contains the outhouses. There are boys and girls out houses!

    If only the walls could talk, we would know the true history.

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