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McIndoe Falls Academy, Barnet

March 15, 2024 —

The Preservation Trust of Vermont announced today a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization grant of $100,000 to the McIndoe Falls Academy for the rehabilitation of the former academy building into a community center. 

Constructed in 1853, the Greek Revival style academy building has been the focus of village life for nearly 175 years. The building, which served as a school until 1969, has been stewarded by the Academy Trustees for more than 50 years. The rehabilitation of the Academy building, including a new rear addition, will elevate the historic building’s functionality and usability, enriching its significance and preserving the vibrant history of the rural community within McIndoe Falls Village for future generations. 

“The Preservation Trust of Vermont, in partnership with the National Parks Service, is excited to support projects like the McIndoes Academy that will help preserve and revitalize Vermont’s rural communities,” said Ben Doyle, PTV president. “We congratulate the community champions who are leading this work and thank Senator Sanders, Senator Welch, and Congresswoman Balint for their support of this wonderful program. We would also like to acknowledge former Senator Leahy, for his work in establishing this important national program and proposing that it be named after his good friend, and former PTV President, the late Paul Bruhn.” 

The McIndoe Falls Academy project and the Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant program are supported by the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The program supports the preservation and restoration of buildings and community gathering spaces of economic and social significance in rural communities with fewer than 7500 residents. Additional recipients of the Bruhn Historic Revitalization subgrants include the Marshfield Village Store, the Kimball Public Library in Randolph, the Skinner Block in Royalton, the Starksboro Village Meeting House, Moscow Mill in Stowe, the Wallingford Block, and the Windham Meeting House.  The grants range from $50,000 to $100,000 and will be used toward structural repairs, roof replacement, window restoration, exterior work, restoration of significant interior finishes, and code improvements. 

“We are glad to see this federal funding support the preservation of historic sites in rural communities throughout Vermont. Each recipient represents a unique part of our state’s history and, thanks to the good work of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, will remain protected and preserved long into the future,” said Sen. Sanders, Sen. Welch, and Rep. Balint. “We look forward to seeing the role these historic community sites will play for generations to come.”

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