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Historic Vt. schoolhouse on the move

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The morning commute may have looked a little different for folks traveling along Route 2A in St. George Wednesday.

"Oh I'm just so happy," Ina Isham said. "I said if they could move it while I am alive."

After 160 years, the town's one-room schoolhouse was packed up and pulled down St. George Road.

"They couldn't leave it here because it is too wet here," said Isham, who was a student at the school. "And it's small. There's no room for cars or anything."

It's a reality that has Ina Isham's childhood home headed for a new foundation.

"It was great," Isham said. "It was like family. You come to school and it was like your second family."

A second family that at times had close to 30 students filling its space.

"I just loved being here all eight years. And the first four years I went to school here-- never missed a day. And they used to give us a silver dollar if we did not miss a day," Isham said.

Former students and volunteers have been behind the effort to save the building and move it to its new home at the St. George Town Center.

But before it could get there, crews had to lift it up and get it rolling; a science Rogers Brothers Contractors have been mastering for nearly 100 years.

"Basically it starts on the ground. We've got to make holes to get our steel I-beams through; you raise the building up high enough to get your wheels under," said Cary Rogers of Rogers Brothers.

"Oh I think it is exciting that we have a connection to this little schoolhouse and that is why I was happy to be a part of trying to save it," said Ginger Isham of the St. George Historic Conservation Trust.

Now, plans are in the works to transform this one-time classroom into a museum and community space celebrating its history while giving it new life for years to come.

"It will be a lot more noticeable," Ina Isham said. "A lot more people will be able to see it, enjoy it and use it."

Organizers hope to have the schoolhouse restored for the town's 250th birthday next year.

Volunteers are relying on donations to pay for the move and renovations. It could cost as much as $100,000 to complete the project.

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