In the mid-to-late 1800's, Stowe was blessed with 19 different schools comprising the Village School and 18 other "neighborhood" or District Schools, as they were called.  Built in 1878, the West Branch Schoolhouse was located at the corner of Luce Hill Road and Mountain Road.  To the right are rare photos from the SHS collection of this school.

Upon completion of the new Elementary School in 1953-4, the remaining open district schools closed and from that point until 2006, the West Branch School was home to St. John's in the Mountains Episcopal Church.

Today, the building has been relocated to 90 School Street and is the home to the Stowe Historical Society and Museum. The Society was formerly housed, since it charter in 1956, in the Akeley Memorial Building.

The museum is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 12:00 - 3:00, or by appointment.