Abandoned Vermont: Dover Schoolhouse

This one room schoolhouse sits on a dirt road in southern Vermont. It appears to be recently inhabited, though the current broken windows, messy interior and damaged foundation say that no one uses the building currently. However, it is far from gone and certainly worthy of preservation. It is one of the oldest structures in Dover.

The 1790 Little Red Schoolhouse in Dover, VT.

A garage addition.

The front entrance of the schoolhouse.

Above the door,

This 1790 schoolhouse was updated with large windows to meet new school standards, likely in the early decades of the 20th century.

Looking through a broken window you can see the original ceiling and added acoustic tile ceiling, historic light fixtures and a mix of furniture.

Have you seen any other 18th century schoolhouses where you live?


9 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont: Dover Schoolhouse

  1. Jim says:

    This could be quite charming. Do you favor restoration in homage to its original purpose, or as perhaps a residence (albeit an efficiency!)?

  2. Troy Norcross says:

    I spent many summers &winters at The Little Red School House. House was in my family for generations , was a hunting retreat for my past elders until it was sold to a area farmer about 30 years ago.. We had large family gatherings here, sometimes weekend and other times a full week. Only amenities was electrity, no plumbing, phones, or TV’s ,the time spent here was for family time. We would gather water from a deep spring well head across the steeet. Very fond memories here growing up. Had a kitchen and bathroom with no running water. Was heated by large wood stove. We would taboggon down the huge hill across the street in the winter. Would make for a great family retreat if restored. Been a long time since I viewed a pic of the old place!! Hope someone will save this precious place!

  3. Al Norcross says:

    Owned though the sixties to the late eighties by my wife’s grandfather Walter Woods, I hunted out of the schoolhouse more than twenty years with other family members and guests. It slept eight in bunk beds with a single twin in one corner
    Charlie Turner, who owned a farm behind the place bought it from the family, and used it for storage. May still own it, and maybe still uses it for storage. Hate to see it in such disrepair. It has ( or had ) no plumbing, which is ironic since Walter Woods owned a plumbing company in Springfield, MA. Feel free to contact me for more information if you care to. I have an almost 50 years association with this building, and a lot of good memories.

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