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NO. R-253.  House concurrent resolution congratulating Burr and Burton Academy on its 175th anniversary.


Offered by:  Representatives Livingston of Manchester, Hube of Londonderry, Komline of Dorset and Molloy of Arlington.

Offered by:  Senator Sears of Bennington District and Senator Shepard of Bennington District.

Whereas, in 1828, Joseph Burr, a wealthy merchant residing in Manchester, bequeathed the sum of $10,000.00 “as a permanent fund for the promotion of education in the village of said Manchester,” and

Whereas, in order to implement his bequest, the General Assembly enacted Act 40 of the laws of 1829, a charter establishing in Manchester “an academy, to be known and designated by the name of The Burr Seminary,” and

Whereas, on November 28, 1832, the original limestone building, whose appearance resulted in the seminary being referred to as the “Castle in the Pasture,” was finished at the base of Mt. Equinox, and the first class was held on May 15, 1833, and

Whereas, the seminary admitted 16 female students in 1849, largely due to the efforts of faculty member James H. Burnham, and, in 1855, the trustees, recognizing the desire of founding trustee Josiah K. Burton that women be educated, granted female students equal status with their male counterparts, and

Whereas, in 1860, the school’s name was changed to Burr and Burton Seminary in honor of Josiah K. Burton, and

Whereas, Burr and Burton Academy, the name having been changed in 1999 to reflect more accurately the school’s mission, has developed an outstanding reputation as a leading independent secondary school committed to providing the highest quality education to students of all backgrounds by instilling in its students a lifelong love of learning, and

Whereas, youngsters from the towns of Manchester, Dorset, Landgrove, Mt. Tabor, Peru, Sunderland, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston, and Winhall are extremely fortunate to reside in communities that send their high school students to Burr and Burton Academy, and

Whereas, a commemorative historical monograph, “The Castle in the Pasture,” has been written, and a book presentation party was held at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester on May 19, and

Whereas, on March 8, the Campaign for Burr and Burton was the recipient of a $5 million anonymous gift, the most generous in the school’s history, and

Whereas, the new 22,500‑square‑foot multipurpose Rowland Center, part of the school’s effort to be prepared for the future, was constructed in the limestone motif of the original school building and was dedicated on May 20, and

Whereas, the continuing educational vitality of Burr and Burton Academy in 2005 was recognized in the Vermont Business Roundtable’s recent designation of the academy as a Gold Medallion School, and

Whereas, a celebratory gala marking the school’s 175th anniversary will occur on June 4, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Burr and Burton Academy on its 175th anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Charles W. Scranton, headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont