North Danville School

North Danville 4th of July

North Danville 4th of July parade. Photo by George Cahoon

The North Danville School is the sec­ond school of vil­lage of North Danville. The first, a large two-story struc­ture, edu­cat­ing ele­men­tary through high school stu­dents, was replaced by the present struc­ture in 1930. Later, a fire in the upper por­tion of the old school caused seri­ous dam­age, but the build­ing was saved by local vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers. What remained of the old school was later demolished.

The present build­ing was used as a gram­mar school through 1989 before the last remain­ing grades were moved to Danville School in Danville Green. In 1990, the Town agreed to keep the school as a com­mu­nity cen­ter for the vil­lage. One of the most loved events in our town is cen­tered at the school when North Danville hosts the 4th of July cel­e­bra­tion. The event fills the com­mu­nity with crowds that enjoy a parade, games, and lots of good food and conversation.

The building’s four main rooms are used by three orga­ni­za­tions: the North Danville Brain­erd Library (two rooms), the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, and the North Danville Com­mu­nity Club. The North Danville School Asso­ci­a­tion encour­ages the use of the facil­ity by non-profit, local orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­nity groups within the Town of Danville. Non-profit Danville com­mu­nity groups may use the build­ing free of charge, sub­ject to sched­ul­ing. Other groups and indi­vid­u­als may use the facil­ity if the use is con­sis­tent with the mis­sion of the Asso­ci­a­tion, sub­ject to scheduling.

The new North Danville School, presently used as a com­mu­nity center.

N. Danville side photo of the old school. Demol­ished in 1930. You also see the church horse sheds, which lasted into the mid 1900s. Pic­ture from the Stanton-Coutu col­lec­tion. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on North Danville his­tory, see Ger­ard LaMothe’s book One Vil­lage, Two Cen­turies, Sev­eral Fam­i­lies. Books are avail­able from the author and can be seen at the Choate-Sias house on Hill Street in Danville.

2 Responses to North Danville School

  1. Leone (Roy) Rumbarger says:

    I started first grade in 1948 through 8th grade. Life was so sim­ple and won­der­ful. My uncle ran the old store back then, and when nec­es­sary, my brother and I would walk the two miles to school in the freez­ing cold. I have the fond­est mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in North Danville Ver­mont, my roots run deep.

  2. i went to the school 1-6th grade. very fond memories

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