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The former Goshen School (ca. 1860) is now used as the Goshen Town Offices. While it still stands in its general form, the fenestration (rhythm and size of windows) has been altered greatly, to the point of loss of integrity. The only photo I can find is from a German Wikipedia page, or from a Bing Maps streetside view, but it does show you what I mean in terms of altered fenestration.
At first glance, this might not even look like a school to you; however, evidence of the building’s history as a school sits across the dirt road in a small playground.
This jungle gym resembles those available commercially in the 1940s-1950s, though it is appears to be a locally made (vernacular, if you will) version. Some of the pieces are stamped with “Goshen School” and “Brandon Iron”.
“Brandon Iron” conjures up the iron industry of Brandon, even though this metal is steel, not iron. Historically, the Town of Brandon was rich in water power and abundant in iron ore, which led to the growth of the iron industry in Brandon Village and nearby Forestdale by 1810. Once the railroad arrived in 1849, competition hurt the iron industry, and by the 1865 the Forest Dale Blast Furnace no longer operated. What had been the Brandon Iron and Car Wheel Company (est. 1850) and the Conant Iron Works became the Howe Scale Company, a manufacturer of scales. It extremely unlikely that this playground apparatus was constructed during the operating years of the Brandon Iron and Car Wheel Company, so the “Brandon Iron” must refer to something else.
Vermont history buffs – any guesses as to the origin of this apparatus?
All photos are courtesy of Devin Colman, 2018.