Chester Academy / District No. 20 Central School

Chester Academy / District No. 20 Central School (HM27GW)

Location: Chester, VT 05143 Windsor County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 15.882', W 72° 35.934'

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Chester Academy
A Legislative Act created Chester Academy on October 30, 1814, and it opened March 13, 1815 on this site. A unique hexagonal cupola crowned the Federal-style brick building. Local families financed the school, with the Chester Masons contributing the addition of a third story for lodge meetings. The co-educational Academy ranked among the earliest institutes offering secondary-level education in Vermont, with a Classical curriculum attracting 150 or more students annually. Among the graduates were college presidents, congressmen, Civil War generals, and a Vermont governor. Enrollment declined with the emergence of public high schools in the region, and the Academy closed in 1873. The building was razed in mid-1881.
District No. 20 Central School
The present brick building was erected in 1881 for School District No. 20 behind the site of the Chester Academy. Displaying a distinctive cupola, the Italianate-style building was considered an ornament to the village. In 1885, Chester's first public high school opened on the second floor. The school's progressive curriculum attracted students from outside Chester. Its first female principal was installed in 1891. The Central High School remained here until the opening of a larger high school on Depot Hill in 1912. This building served as an

elementary school into the 1950s, and then as the junior high school until 1970. The Chester Historical Society and Museum now occupy the former school.
HM NumberHM27GW
Year Placed2017
Placed ByVermont Division for Historical Preservation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 7:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 694871 N 4793009
Decimal Degrees43.26470000, -72.59890000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 15.882', W 72° 35.934'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 15' 52.92" N, 72° 35' 56.04" W
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Area Code(s)802
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 218 Main St, Chester VT 05143, US
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