Abandoned Vermont: 1829 Sudbury Schoolhouse

Not necessarily abandoned, but certainly neglected.

Most one-room schoolhouses that you’ll find in Vermont are wood frame construction and wood clapboard. For that reason, this Greek Revival one-room schoolhouse of marble construction at the intersection of Route 73 and Route 30 in Sudbury, VT jumps out at the passersby. Known as the District No. 3 School or the Sudbury Hill School, it dates to 1829 (for alterations) and ca. 1821 (original construction).

Today the school appears secure, dry, and safe, but vacant. Do you know who owns or uses the school? If you’re interested in exploring the school and looking in the windows, look at these photographs and captions.


The little schoolhouse sits on the side of the road with a message board, but no news to report in November 2015.

West facade.

Sudbury School No. 3. Look at the gable end and you can see that the roof might have been raised (hence the 1821 and 1829 construction dates).


Windows were not needed on the north side. At back of the school are the attached privies.



Schoolhouse entrance.


The bank of windows was likely added later when school standards were developed. Look closely and you can see an original window (now filled in) to the right of the window bank and on the front left of the gable end.


The west bank of windows.


Desks, books, miscellaneous items, chalkboard, as see through the window.


The schoolhouse appears to have been used in the last half century, based on the desks and the heating duct. Now it serves as storage.


More of the same.


To the privies.


Marble fieldstone construction.

You can find the National Register Nomination here via www.orc.vermont.gov.

What do you think? Beautiful, yes? Would you rather have a vacant/neglected building like this converted to a private residence, a town office, or a museum that is open sparingly?

5 thoughts on “Abandoned Vermont: 1829 Sudbury Schoolhouse

  1. Stuart Clough says:

    Good Morning Kaitlin.
    The wife and I saw this last April on our trip up to the Hyde Manor. We wanted to stop but there was a truck parked out in front, and we did not know what kind of reception we would get. We plan on going back up in the spring to see if the Hyde’s tower made it through the winter. Maybe we can stop then.

  2. terry morris says:

    i thought I saw a sign outside in the past pertaining to the Sudbury historical society as the keeper of that building! but that goes back to several years ago when I recall those signs!

  3. Cathy Hughes says:

    I attended school here from 1957 – 1961, grades 1-4. It was closed in the early 70s and is owned by the town. Historical society opens it once a year for tours. The indoor privies were added in the mid 60s, we had outdoor privies when I attended.

    • Richard Cota says:

      I also attended school here early 50’s. I don’t remember mush about it except requirement to take what I thought was a vitamin pill and a drink of water out of one of those cones shaped water cups
      The snowball fights were awesome us little guys would get the worst of it.
      I was perhaps 6. . 1956 to 1957 at the time. Lived with my cousin Bob Waite and 2 Baldwin brothers somewhere near there..

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