According to lore, when the Reverend Alexander Lucius Twilight, the U.S.’s first black college graduate, asked the Board of Trustees to build a dorm for the students of the Brownington Academy, they refused.
So, he built one himself using extraordinary methods, including a staging platform which rose as an ox turned a treadmill. As the building rose, so did the ox and the treadmill. And, since there was no way to get the ox back down when the building was completed, it was slaughtered for a great feast of celebration. The Old Stone House Museum is a local favorite and a must see for visitors to the area.