Round Schoolhouse, Brookline, Vermont

Seeing Vermont takes you to a different part of the Green Mountain State, showcasing its scenery, buildings and people.

This week’s location: The Round Schoolhouse

Where it’s located: Brookline, Windham County, located in Southern Vermont.

About the area: The schoolhouse was built by John "Thunderbolt" Wilson, a Scottish immigrant rumored to be a highway robber in Scotland, but was a doctor and teacher in the area. Thought to be the only round school house in the United States, this building eventually became a town hall for Brookline. It is on the U.S. Register for Historic Places.

Here are some photos of The Round Schoolhouse you might enjoy, courtesy of Josh Kessler who’s a native Vermonter and currently the director of athletic communications at Saint Michael’s College:

Correction 6/17/21 9:15 a.m.: Brookline is located in Windham County, not Windsor as state earlier.

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Jean MacBride is a staff writer for the St. Albans Messenger. She is a native Vermonter and recent UVM graduate. Contact her at


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Michael Barcellos

There are actually 2 round school houses in Wilmington Ma. One is now used as the town hall, the other is a kindergarden. Both had been working elementary schools from construction through the 80s.

Their names were: The Boutwell School and the Glen Road school.

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