Black River Academy is a historic academy on High Street in the village of Ludlow in Vermont.
Black River Academy was chartered in Ludlow in 1835 and operated as a school, serving as the Town of Ludlow's public high school until 1938, when a new school was built. The original academy building burned early in the school's history, and the school operated in a church for 44 years until a new school building was built in 1888. Notable alumni of the Black River Academy include U.S. President Calvin Coolidge; Rotary founder Paul P. Harris; John Garibaldi Sargent, who was U.S. Attorney General during Coolidge's Presidency; Vermont Governor William W. Stickney; United States Senator Ernest Willard Gibson; and author and historian Abby Maria Hemenway. After the school closed, the Richardsonian school building was used for a time as a convalescent home.
Since 1972 it has housed the Black River Academy Museum, a museum of local history.
The academy was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
- ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- ^ a b History of Black River Academy, Black River Academy Museum website, accessed October 9, 2009
- ^ a b c Black River Academy, 14 High Street, Black River Academy Museum website, accessed October 9, 2009
- ^ Black River Academy Museum and Historical Society, Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance website, accessed October 9, 2009
- ^ Some Famous Alumni of Black River Academy, Black River Academy Museum website, accessed October 9, 2009