Reconstruction of Mt. Mansfield’s historic Stone Hut is almost done.
The hut was destroyed after an accidental fire on Christmas Eve last year, but the rebuild is already near completion.
The Stone Hut was built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
“It was part of the original cutting of ski trails on Mt. Mansfield, the very first trails and it was a shelter for the CCC crews that were actually cutting the first ski trails,” explained Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation.
In recent years, the iconic hut has been rented out to visitors using a lottery system.
Governor Peter Shumlin said, “It has been serving people for 80 years and so many people have had magical moments up there together.”
But the magical moments came to a halt last year when an accidental fire destroyed the historic structure.
“Wood was left touching to woodstove that was running and the building was vacated… It was not intentional but it caught fire,” said Snyder.
Instantly plans to rebuild were underway and preserving history was top priority.
“We have the original plans from 1935 and there was enough fire debris left so they could measure what was left so the whole structure is a reproduction of what was here,” said MaryJo Llewellyn, historic architect.
The project cost around $350,000 and was funded by the state and the non-profit, Vermont Parks Forever.
“It’s magical it really is beautiful and they have done an incredible job,” said Shumlin.
Snyder added, “Thrilled and we couldn’t be more proud of the work that went into this and just amazed really by the short timeframe and quality craftsmanship.”
Registration for the lottery system will begin on November 17th and the Stone Hut will hosts its first guests on December 1st.