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BlackVoices History Quest, Black History In Your Backyard: The Northeast Edition

Posted: 02/24/2012 11:44 am

Today's edition of Black Voices Black History Quest is based in Northeast.

You can plan a trip with your family to these places with the helpful map, courtesy of MapQuest, below!

If we missed a place that you know and love, let us know in the comments, tweet it to us using the hashtag #BHMQuest or post it on our Facebook wall. We'll keep adding to this map and gallery as the month goes on.


Old Stone House Museum
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Located in the Brownington Village Historic District in the rural Northeast Kingdom region of Vermont, the Old Stone House Museum sits in testament to the work of the Rev. Alexander Twilight. It's believed that Twilight, a man of mixed race, was the first college graduate and state legislator of African heritage in the nation. In 1834, he started building the Old Stone House, then known as Athenian Hall, as a dormitory for students at Brownington Academy, where he worked as the schoolmaster. Although the school was run by the county, Twilight funded the dormitory himself. Since his pay as schoolmaster and pastor was modest, colorful local folklore explains how he managed to build the four-story structure. The truth, however, remains a mystery. Other sites in historic Brownington Village include Twilight's house, the house of Samuel Reed Hall (inventor of the blackboard), a blacksmith shop and an archival storage building. Admission is by guided tour. A small museum store offers Orleans County historical books and memorabilia.

--Holly Quinn

Address: 109 Old Stone House Road, Orleans, VT 05860
Telephone: 802-754-2022
Hours Of Operation: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, May 15 through Oct. 15.
Cost: $8 general admission, $7 for Orleans County residents, $5 for students.
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