Addison Town Historical Society
240 Cedar Drive, Addison, VT 05491-8732
There is no established museum. Hours and Admission: N/A.
Bridport Historical Society
Route 22-A, Bridport, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Marjorie Huestis, 2947 Basin Harbor Road, Bridport, VT 05734
The society's collection includes artifacts, photographs and manuscripts relating to Bridport. Collections of items of local history, 1800 to the present. Genealogical files are available at the town clerk's office, M-F. Contact Person: Margaret Sunderland, Curator. Hours and Admission: By appointment. Not accessible to the disabled.
Bristol Historical Society Museum
Howden Hall Community Center, Main Street, Bristol, VT 05443
At various times a church, a store, and a school, Howden Hall has been restored for a variety of community uses. The historical society displays collections of photographs, maps, postcards, posters, newspapers, etc. Contact Person: Evelyn Dike, President. Hours and Admission: summer months, daily, 10am 4pm and March Oct, Thurs, 7:30 9:30pm and by appointment. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Lincoln Historical Society
Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Town Clerk, Lincoln, VT 05443
802-453-3628 Fax: same
The society has a collection of local artifacts in a restored 18th-century farmhouse and a 19th-century barn in a meticulously landscaped setting. Exhibits change annually. Activities include opening day festivities in May with a kite flying contest, a harvest festival in late September and pumpkin-carving contest in October. Contact Person: Steve Harris, President. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to Oct 12, Sun, 12 4pm and by appointment.
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
The Henry Sheldon Museum serves as the collecting institution for Middlebury history as well as Addison County history. The collection housed in the 1829 Judd-Harris House highlights the region's early settlers and important military, industrial and agricultural past. The Research Center contains thousands of manuscripts, photographs and ephemera. An active program of workshops, lectures, events and other activities is offered throughout the year. Contact Person: Annie Perkins. Hours and Admission: Museum 10-5:00 Mon-Sat. year round. Research center 1 - 5:00 Tues-Fri. year round.
New Haven Historical Society
70 East Street, New Haven, VT 05472
There is no established museum. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at the New Haven. Community Library at the Beeman Elementary School. Contact Person: Deborah Clifford or Betty Bell, co-presidents Hours and Admission: N/A.
Shoreham Historical Society
Route 22-A, Shoreham, VT 05770
A former stone schoolhouse (1839) has photographs, documents, arrowheads, and extensive genealogical files pertaining to the Shoreham area. There are also locally made sleighs, a barn loom, and other large objects at Newton Academy on School Street. Contact Person: Sue MacIntire, Curator. Hours and Admission: year-round by appointment. Free.
Bixby Memorial Library
258 Main Street, Vergennes, VT 05491
The Greek Revival library has a large collection of Indian artifacts, paintings by Vermont artists, maps, documents, manuscripts, cup plates, Vermont stamps and covers, and items of local interest. There is an annual summer art show by Addison County artists. Contact Person: Lois Noonan, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Mon and Fri, 12:30 8pm; Wed, 10am 5pm; Tues and Thurs, 12:30 5pm. 1st floor only accessible to the disabled.
George A. Russell Collection of Vermontiana
Martha Canfield Library
Arlington, VT 05250
Particularly strong for towns of Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland.
Bennington Historical Society
c/o Bennington Museum, West Main St., Bennington
100 West Main St., Apt. 18, Bennington, VT 05201
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Contact Person: Ruth B. Ekstrom, President, 442-5166. Hours and Admission: N/A
Bennington Museum Genealogical Library
West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201
Concentrates on Bennington County and nearby New York and Massachusetts.
Dorset Historical Society
Route 30, Dorset Village, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 52, Dorset, VT 05251-0052
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The museum features farm and household items, maps, photographs, early local pottery, paintings, marble display, and objects of local interest in a two-story building with a reading room and exhibition area. The society has a collection of genealogies of early Dorset families. Contact Person: Linda L. French, Curator. Hours and Admission: June - Oct., Wed., Fri., Sat. 10:00 - 5:00; Nov. - May Wed., Fri. 10:00 - 12:00; Sat. 10:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00 and by appointment. First floor accessible to the disabled.
Manchester Historical Society
P.O. Box 363, Manchester, VT 05254
This small museum in the Mark Skinner Library contains an eclectic collection of local artifacts and photographs relating tolocal history and genealogy. There are monthly meetings with speakers on a variety of local historical subjects. The Society celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1997. Contact Person: Mary Bort, Curator Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Historical Society of Peru
P.O. Box 153, Peru, VT 05152
Recently, space has been offered in the old cheese factory for displays and other uses, special programs, etc. The society hasoral histories (tapes and transcriptions) done following the bicentennial in 1991. There are also pictures and written material regarding people & places; a few objects-old P.O. front-Inn furniture. Contact Person: Willard Robinson, Secretary. Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Pownal Historical Society
P.O. Box 313, Pownal, VT 05621
There is no established museum. Meetings are held at the Solomon Wright Public Library the second Monday of every month at 7 PM. Contact Person: Dot Banks, President. Hours and Admission: N/A. There web site has links to Pownal cemetery inscriptions, the 1790 census, Civil War veterans, early marriages and more (like membership information!).
Readsboro Historical Society
Main Street, Readsboro, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 158, Readsboro, VT 05350
The museum is located in the converted Methodist Wesleyan Church, built c. 1840. There are 19th- and early 20th-century artifacts, clothing, household furnishings, a fireman's hose wheel, and photographs. There are guest speakers and summer programs. Contact Person: Betty M. Bolognani, President. Hours and Admission: June to Sept, Sun, 1 3pm, and by appointment. Accessible to the disabled.
Rupert Historical Society
Rte. 153, Main Street, Rupert, VT
Mailing Address: Box 2, Lewis Rd., Rupert, VT 05768
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The society's museum is newly established in the 1872 Rupert Village School, sharing quarters with the Rosalind K. Kittay Public Library. Items relating to local history are displayed in the entry hall and in the upstairs schoolroom. Contact Person: Eugene Higgins, President. Hours and Admission: By appointment.
Shaftsbury Historical Society
Route 7-A, Center Shaftsbury, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 401, Shaftsbury, VT 05262
The museum is housed in the former Baptist Meeting House (1846), which is also used for religious services and community gatherings. There are 6000 artifacts, books and documents, emphasizing old tools, Victorian fans, old church music books, railroad memorabilia and Shaftsbury genealogical materials. There are special exhibits on one-room schools and religious and scientific views of creation. Activities include lectures and historic house tours. Contact Person: Bob Williams, Curator. Hours and Admission: June 15 to Oct 15, Tues. - Sun., 2 4pm. Free.
Barnet Historical Society
Goodwillie Road, Barnet, VT 05821
Hours: by appointment
Danville Historical Archives
Pope Memorial Library, The Green, Danville, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 260, Danville, VT 05828
The library is a small Colonial Revival structure with original Brussels carpet and oak furnishings. The historical society archives are on the 2nd floor, and there is a case with changing displays of items of local interest. Contact Person: Jean Ashley, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Mon and Wed, 9am 7pm; Fri, 9am 6pm; Sat, 9am noon.
Groton Historical Society
Rt. 302, Main Street, Groton
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 89, Groton, VT 05046
The beautifully furnished old house built in 1840 contains a collection of items relating to local history. Contact Person: Richard Brooks, President 802-584-3417. Hours and Admission: Sunday afternoons - July and August 2-5 p.m. and all day on Fall Foliage Day.
Lyndon Historical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 85, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
Contact Persons: Philip Mathewson, 626-5193, and Virginia Downs, 802-626-8746.
Shores Memorial Museum
Center Street, Lyndon Center, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
This Victorian museum features clothing and furnishings reflecting the lifestyle of the period plans various special exhibits showing Lyndon history through the years. Quilt, business, military and farm displays. Guided tours available. Contact Person: Ruth McCarty, Curator: 626-8574. Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day and by appointment.
Peacham Historical Association
Peacham Corner, VT
Mailing Address: 104 Thaddeus Stevens Road, Peacham, VT 05862
A three room historic house containing permanent and changing exhibits. Work by local artists. This year's new exhibits include: Hat and Clothing making, Surveying tools and records, 200th anniversary of the Postmaster with a specially designed stamp cancellation, and the John Varnum butter molds. Special events: Ghostwalk -- July 3 and September 30; Vermont Quilt Search -- August 26; Postmaster bicentennial with stamp cancellation --September 26. Contact Person: Lorna Quimby, President. Hours: Historical House: Sunday 2-4 pm through foliage. Archives: By appointment.
St. Johnsbury Historical Society
Fairbanks Museum, Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Fairbanks Museum, Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
The Society has no collection due to the presence of the Fairbanks Museum in town. We present four programs throughout the year which are free and open to the public.. Contact Person: Peggy Pearl, President
Stannard Historical Society
Mailing Address: 9 Willey Road, Greensboro Bend, VT 05842
The society has undertaken the restoration of the town's most prominent landmark, the 1888 Stannard church. Constructed in a pristine, carpenter gothic style, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Activities include an old home day, 1st Sunday in August. Contact Person: Inez Lumsden. Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Fletcher Free Library
235 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401
802-863-3403 Fax: 802-865-7227
This library for the City of Burlington also contains a Local History Room with archives, furniture, and maps relating to Burlington and Chittenden County history. Contact Person: Amber Collins, Anita Danigelis, Margery Scott, Co-directors. Hours and Admission: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 8:30am 6pm; Wed, 8:30am 9pm; Sat, 9am 5:30pm; Sun (Sept May), 12 6pm.
Charlotte Historical Society
East of Route 7, Charlotte, VT
Mailing Address: 613 Hill's Point Road, Charlotte, VT 05445
The museum is located in the center of the early town in a fine example of Greek Revival architecture. The former town hall contains 18th- and 19th century household articles, a collection of Native American baskets made in Charlotte, and early tools. Contact Person: Mary Lighthall, Secretary Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sun, 1 4pm. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Vermont Veterans Militia Museum & Library
Mailing Address: Camp Johnson, Colchester, VT 05446-3004
A variety of uniforms, guns, photo's, aircraft, and various medals from Revolutionary war to present. Dedicated to the Vermont veterans. Contact Person: Jean Rainville, Secretary. Hours and Admission: Mon, Tues & Weds only, 103 pm.
Essex Community Historical Society
Routes 15 & 128, Essex Center, VT
Mailing Address: 3 Browns River Road, Essex Junction, VT 05452
A collection of costumes, school items, and local memorabilia in a former two-room schoolhouse. Contact Persons: Ron Clapp, President; Lucille Allen, Secretary; Eva Clough, Treasurer. Hours and Admission: Early June to mid-October, Sat. and Sun., 1 4pm. Free. Accessible to the disabled
Huntington Historical Society
Lower Village, Huntington, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 147, Huntington, VT 05462
The society's museum is in the process of being established in the 1829 Union Meeting House. Collection of items relating to local history will be in a large room with a balcony. Contact Person: Lorraine Jones, President
Jericho Historical Society
Old Red Mill, Route 15, Jericho, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35, Jericho, VT 05465
The society's museum is located in a mill built in 1856 and enlarged 30 years later. The Snowflake Bentley Room displays snowflake prints, photographs, and other memorabilia from Bentley's life and work. Contact Person: Norma Woodruff, President. Hours and Admission: April to Dec, Mon Sat, 10am 5pm; Sun, 1 5pm. Winter hours (Jan March), Wed, 10am 4:30pm; Sat, 10am 4:30pm; Sun, 1 4:30pm.
Milton Historical Society
School Street, Milton, VT
P.O. Box 2, Milton, VT 05468
The Milton Historical Museum is in the process of being established in the former Trinity Episcopal Church (1891) located on School St. in Milton. Collection of items including: pictures, maps, books, clothing, furniture, Native American artifacts relative to Milton's history will be displayed. Contact Person: Jane M. FitzGerald, President Hours and Admission: Have not yet been determined.
Westford Historical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 21, Westford, VT 05494
Please write for information. Contact Person: Caroline Brown, President, or Lynn Gauthier, Secretary
Williston Historical Society
688 Williston Road, Williston, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 995, Williston, VT 05495
The society has moved and restored a one-room schoolhouse. There is also a display of local artifacts at the town library. Activities include an ice cream social on July 4. Contact Person: Ruth Painter. Hours and Admission: by appointment. Free.
Winooski Historical Society
73 East Allen Street, Winooski, VT
Mailing Address: 21 Park Street, Winooski, VT 05404
The 1790 Stone House contains collections of photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia associated with the history of Winooski. Activities include a mid-Dec holiday open house. Contact Person: Mrs. Mary Fitzgerald. Hours and Admission: last Sun of the month (except Dec and holidays), tours 2 4pm.
Canaan Historical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 371 Canaan, VT 05903
The Canaan Historical Society occupies the second floor of a Greek Revival building constructed in 1846 for a stop on the Franklin, New Hampshire to Montreal stage route. Local legends persist that the house was used as an Underground Railroad resting place, but no documentation has ever been found to verify this. Contact Person: Virginia Carr, President. Hours and Admission: Open by chance or appointment.
Alice Ward Library
Village Green, Canaan, VT
P.O. Box 134, Canaan, VT 05903
802-266-7135 or 802-266-7766
The Canaan Historical Society is developing a local heritage museum on the 2nd floor of the library. The Greek Revival structure was built in 1846 as a stage stop on the route from Franklin, N.H., to Montreal. Local legend is that the house was the last stop on the Connecticut Valley route of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, but no proof has been established. Contact Person: Joan Cowan, Curator; Gloria Bunnell, Librarian. Hours and Admission: library open Tues and Fri, 1 4pm. Museum is open by chance or appointment.
Concord Historical Society Museum
Main Street, Concord, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 195, Concord, VT 05824-0195
Rooms contain a replica of a local doctor's office and smoking room, an old post office, and school room. Collections include household furnishings, tools, clothing, toys, and items from local businesses. Contact Person: Bernice Payeur, President. Hours and Admission: Open last weekend in Sept and by appointment. Admission by donation. Not accessible to the disabled.
Island Pond Historical Society
Canadian National Railway Station, Island Pond, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 408, Island Pond, VT 05846
The historical society occupies the ground floor of the restored railway station. There are permanent displays of photographs, railroad memorabilia, 19th-century clothing and uniforms, lumbering tools, local newspapers, and Odd Fellows memorabilia. Contact Person: C. F. Biron, President. Hours and Admission: by appointment. Accessible to the disabled.
Enosburg Historical Society
Over Town Offices, Main Street, Enosburg Falls, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 98, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
802-933-2102 or 802-933-4708
Many of the collected items relate to the Dr. B. J. Kendall Company and other medicine-producing companies that operated in Enosburg in the late 1800s. There are also plans for farm and dairy exhibits and a railroad site. Contact Person: John Whiting, President; Janice Geraw, Secretary. Hours and Admission: June to Aug, Sat, 1 4pm and by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Fairfax Historical Society
1181 Main St., Fairfax
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 145, Fairfax, VT 05454
802-849-6638 or [email protected]
The building that houses the Society's Museum has a history of its own. Built in 1807, the original town hall, a one room school, and the casket showroom for the Hayes-Rich Funeral Home is now home to artifacts of Fairfax's history. Artifacts include tools, clothing, photos and much more. Contact Person: Michael R. Cain, President. Hours and Admission: July and August, Sundays 2-4pm. Also, last two Sundays in September and first two Sundays in October, 2-4pm or by appointment. Admission free. Accessible to the disabled.
Fairfield Historical Society
Mailing Address: 1345 Northrup Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
802-933-4592 or 802-827-6160
Contact Person: Julie Wolcott, President; Patty Esden, Vice President. Hours and Admission:N/A
Franklin Historical Society
Mailing Address: 1389 Richard Road, Franklin, VT 05457
The society has a collection including furniture, quilts, pump, barrel, cultivator and Civil War artifacts. Contact Person: Madeline Richard, President. Hours and Admission: Starting May 30, every other Sunday 1-4pm until after Labor Day, or by appointment. Donation requested.
Georgia Historical Society Museum
Mailing Address: PO Box 2072, Georgia, VT 05468
The museum is in a former brick schoolhouse built in 1891. The schoolroom and several small side rooms contain an indexed collection of 5,000 photographs, documents, genealogies, household furnishings, early apparel, paintings by local residents, and farm equipment. The Society's focus is on memorabilia of Georgia; there are genealogically-relevant files on 250 families of Georgia. Contact Person: Diane Duranleau, President. Hours and Admission: July 4 to Labor Day, Mon, Wed, Sat, 2 4pm. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Montgomery Historical Society Museum
Montgomery Village, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 47, Montgomery, VT 05470
The society is located in Pratt Hall, a former Episcopal church (built in 1835) to house its collections of photographs, albums, tools, and items of local interest. Activities include Harvest Heyday in Sept and summer concerts. Press Hall is renowned for its stained glass windows. Contact Person: Sally Newton, Secretary. Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sat, 12 3pm and by appointment. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Richford Historical Society
Mailing Address: 186 So. Main St., Richford, VT 05476
802-848-3587 or 802-933-6622
Many early Richford newspapers on microfilm. Artifacts include photographs, documents, calendars, WW II posters, Richford advertising and much more. Currently working on obtaining museum space. Contact Person: Linda Collins, President, or Marian Kittell. Hours and Admission: By appointment.
St. Albans Historical Society Museum
Church Street, St. Albans, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 722, St. Albans, VT 05478
The museum is located in a three-story renovated 10-room brick schoolhouse, built in 1861. Newly installed 18 feet by 14 feet made-to-scale diorama equipped with lights and sound presents history of northwest corner of Vermont and St Albans. There are also exhibits concerning the Civil War raid on St Albans, the Central Vermont Railway, early toys, home and hearth items, Sterling Weed's musical career, and other items relating to local history. Contact Persons: Donald J. Miner, Director; Clare B. Sheppard, Curator. Hours and Admission: open June 15 to October 1 Monday through Friday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., other times by appointment. Admission fee $3.00 for adults. Children 14 years and younger free.
Swanton Historical Society
At the Library, First Street, Swanton VT
11 Lake St., Swanton, VT 05488
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Contact Person: Ron Kilburn, President (address above). Hours and Admission: By appointment through Library/868-7656. Historic Batchelder photograph collection, Swanton Couriers 1870s - 1950s. Extensive photograph, document & artifact collection. Meeting room fully accessible. Programs: Fourth Monday of each month in the library, lower level.
Alburg Historical Society, Inc.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 453, Alburg, VT 05440
Christine Tepper (Summers)
Monthly Business meetings held on 2nd Thursday, 7:00 p.m., at the Alburgh Public Library. Various programs and presentations are held throughout the year; notices appear in the local newspaper, The Islander. Reprints (softcover) of History Town of Alburgh, Vermont by Allen Stratton are available through the Alburgh Public Library (165 Main Street, 802-796-6077, open Monday-Friday) for $30 plus postage.
Isle La Motte Historical Society
Isle La Motte, VT 05463
This local history museum is in an 1830 schoolhouse and a 19th-century blacksmith shop, originally located in the center of town. There are blacksmith tools, photographs, family records, Native American artifacts, and items of local interest. Contact Person: Howard or Harriot Schwenker. Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sat, 1 4pm. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Bakersfield Historical Society Corporation
P.O. Box 70, Bakersfield, VT 05441
Hours: June - September: Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment
Elmore Historical Society
PO Box 53, Lake Elmore, VT 05657
Contact Person:Sue Cano, President. Hours and Admission:Meetings first Saturday every month at Town Clerk's office 9:00 a.m. Presently working on a display in Town Clerk's office to eventually be open to public.
Hyde Park Historical Society
97 Eden Street,Hyde Park, VT 05655
Contact Person: Veronica H. Aseltine, President. Hours and Admission:N/A
Noyes House Museum
One Main Street, Morrisville, VT
Mailing Address: The Morristown Historical Society, P.O. Box 1299, Morrisville, VT 05661
The Noyes House, a two story federal style brick mansion built by the Safford Family in the early 19th century, was the first location to be settled in the village of Morrisville. Exhibits of local and regional history, photographs, furnishings, toys, household and farm tools, quilts, costumes, military artifacts, souvenir pitchers, Toby mugs, and other artifacts related to industry, home life and leisure activities in the 19th and 20th centuries, can be viewed throughout 17 rooms and a carriage barn. Research archives and an extensive
photograph collection available for public viewing. Activities include guided tours, historical programs, special exhibits and an annual open house featuring the Morrisville Military Band. Contact Person: Sheri Leahan. Hours and Admission: Late June - August, Wed. - Sat, 1 - 5 p.m. Admission by donation only. Access for the disabled is limited to the main floor of the house and carriage barn.
Stowe Historical Society Museum
Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672
The Stowe History Room is located in the Akeley Memorial Building, which is the town hall. The society has also restored the one-room Bloody Brook schoolhouse that is located next to the Helen Day Art Center. Collections are of 19th-century decorative arts, clothing, small household furnishings, tools, photographs, and early Stowe memorabilia. The schoolhouse contains books and school-related items. Contact Person: Edwin Lang. Hours and Admission: Both the Stowe History Room and the schoolhouse may be visited by appointment. Free.
Bradford Historical Society
Academy Building, Main Street, Bradford, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 301, Bradford, VT 05033
E-mail Address: [email protected]
A museum of local interest in the old Academy Building (1893), now used as the town hall and other offices. Collections include costumes, documents, photographs, schoolbooks, farm tools, and souvenirs of local businesses. Contact Person: Phyllis Lavelle, Curator. Hours and Admission: year-round by appointment. Free. The museum is handicapped accessible by elevator.
Braintree Historical Society
Braintree Hill, Braintree, VT
Mailing Address: RFD 1, Thayer Brook Road, Randolph, VT 05060
The society maintains the Braintree Hill Meetinghouse, erected by the Congregational Society in 1845. A museum on the ground floor contains 19th-century farm tools, domestic paraphernalia, town memorabilia, photographs, manuscript materials, and school records. Activities include Old Home Day (1st Sun in Aug) and special programs. Contact Person: Greg Sharrow, President. Hours and Admission: By appointment and during scheduled events. Free. Access to the museum room is via two steps down.
Chelsea Historical Society
Main Street, Chelsea, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 206, Chelsea, VT 05038
The society maintains an 1830 residence with period rooms. There are manuscripts, costumes, memorabilia, and items of local interest. Contact Person: Jean Battey, President. Hours and Admission: year-round by appointment. Not accessible to the disabled.
Fairlee Historical Society
Fairlee Town Hall, Fairlee, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 95, Fairlee, VT 05045
802-333-4363 or 802-333-9727
Focusing exclusively on Fairlee items, the society fosters amateur genealogical and historical research. Contact Person: Russell Smith, President, or Hester Gardner, Curator. Hours and Admission: by appointment and donation.
Marvin Newton House
Brookfield Historical Society
Ridge Road, Brookfield, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 447, Brookfield, VT 05036
802-728-5320 or 802-276-3470
The house was the home of a Brookfield blacksmith and is now operated as a museum. Collections include costumes, 19th-century home furnishings, locally manufactured articles, photographs, and local ephemera. There are guided tours and an annual ice cream social. Contact Person: Kevin Harty, President Jean Doane, Secretary. Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sun, 2 5pm, and by special arrangement. Admission $2 donation. Not accessible to the disabled.
Randolph Historical Society Museum
Salisbury Street, Randolph, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 15, Randolph Center, VT 05061
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The museum is located above the police station. Exhibits include a complete 3-generation (early 1900s) Leonard's Drug Store and soda fountain, barber shop, three period rooms, early pipe organ, Justin Morgan's gravestone, farm tools, trade signs, band instruments, and bicycles. Contact Person: Laurence W. Leonard, President. Hours and Admission: 1st Sun of every month, June to Sept, 2 4pm. Also July 4 and by appointment. Admission free; donations appreciated. Accessible to the disabled.
Thetford Historical Society Museum
Library: Bicentennial Building, 16 Library Road, Thetford, VT
Museum: 2274 Route 113, Thetford, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 33, Thetford, VT 05074
802-785-2068 or 802-333-4613
The library contains about 4500 volumes, 100 linear feet of manuscripts, photographs, portraits and small artifacts. The museum contains agricultural implements, craft and domestic tools, store and post office fittings, housed in a barn and three smaller buildings. Contact Person: Charles Latham, President. Hours and Admission: Library: Mon. & Thurs., 2-4pm; Tuies. 10am-12 noon. Museum: Sundays in August, 2-5pm.
Tunbridge Historical Society
24 The Crossroad, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Mailing Address: 24 The Crossroad, Tunbridge, VT 05077
The society focuses exclusively on Tunbridge and promotes the town's history through preservation of artifacts and documents, research, and field trips. Guest speakers are hosted at special programs in June, July and August. Local history walks are held on two October Sunday afternoons. Ongoing fundraising to benefit restoration of the North Tunbridge Baptist Church building includes an annual raffle and an antiques appraisal day held the fourth Sunday in July. Contact Person: Euclid Farnham, President, or Kay Jorgensen, Vice President. Hours and Admission: Program times and dates are available through the phones listed above for President Euclid Farnham and Vice President Kay Jorgensen.
Main Street, Williamstown, VT
Mailing Address: 498 Boyce Road, Williamstown, VT 05679
The museum building was originally the Universalist Church, built in 1836, and was remodeled and used as an Odd Fellows hall until 1979. Exhibits include items from the Universalist church in use prior to 1929, Modern Woodmen of America ritualistic pieces, Odd Fellow and Rebekah memorabilia, postcard display of early views of Williamstown, furniture, clothing, books, documents, photographs, paintings, agricultural tools, household items, and town memorabilia from 1790 to the present. Contact Person: Adam Boyce, President. Hours and Admission: Museum open May - Oct, first Saturday, 1-4 p.m., on special occasions, and by appointment. Please call for current schedule. Free. The Society holds meetings and programs on the first Tuesday of each month, May - Oct.; call for a program list. Upstairs not accessible to the disabled.
Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association
The Pierce House, Water Street, Barton, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 253, Barton, VT 05822
802-525-6251 or 802-525-3583
There are photographs and artifacts from Barton's industries and schools in an 1820s house. There is also a model of 200-year-old Barton Mill Hill, the "Brick Kingdom" factory site. Activities include summer exhibits. Contact Person: Avis Harper or Robin Tenny. Hours and Admission: mid-June to mid-Sept, Tues and Thurs, 2 4pm and by appointment. Free.
Orleans County Historical Society / Old Stone House Museum
Mailing Address: 28 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT 05860
The museum is owned and operated by the Orleans County Historical Society, which in 1916 rescued the four-story granite building from demolition and has since used it to display collections of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century New England furniture, paintings, decorative arts, tools, local folk art, folk technology, and a small research library. There are 23 rooms of permanent exhibits including 11 "town rooms" representing 11 of the 18 towns in the county. Today, the museum complex includes the Cyrus Eaton House (1834), the Alexander Twilight Homestead (c. 1830), and 55 acres of open land. Activities include guided tours of the museum, annual antique engine shows, and Old Stone House Day (Sun. nearest Bennington Battle Day, which is Aug 16). The museum also provides a variety of educational programs to schools in the region. Contact Person: Tracy Martin, Director. Hours and Admission: mid-May through
June 30 and Sept 1 through mid-Oct, Fri Tues, 11am 5pm. July and Aug, daily, 11am 5pm. Adults $5, Orleans County Residents $4, Students $2.
Charleston Historical Society
West Charleston, VT
Mailing Address: 1896 VT Route 105, West Charleston, VT 05872
Contact Person: Colleen Comeau, President. Hours and Admission: June 25 - August 27, Wed., 2 - 4pm
Craftsbury Public Library
P.O. Box 74, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
The library contains a collection of portraits, including two by Winthrop Chandler, and belongings of Ebenezer Craft, founder of the village. Contact Person: Linda Wells, Librarian. Hours and Admission: call for information.
John Woodruff Simpson Library
East Craftsbury, VT
Mailing Address: RR1, Box 1035, Craftsbury Common, VT 05826
The town library also has permanent exhibits of 19th-century souvenirs, minerals, South American artifacts, theatrical costumes, and natural history items. Contact Person: Sherry Urie, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Wed and Sat, 9am noon, 2 5pm, 7 9:30pm. Also after Sunday school. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Derby Historical Society
P.O. Box 357, Derby, VT 05829
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The small, two-room museum is located in the former town office building on Main Street. There are archives from Derby Academy and material relating to the history of the town. Contact Person: Bill Gardyne, President. Hours and Admission: by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Haskell Free Library and Opera House
Caswell Avenue, Derby Line, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 337, Derby Line, VT 05830
The international border between the United States and Canada runs through the middle of this neoclassical 1901 building. A small collection of dishes is in the library, while the opera house upstairs is a replica of the Old Boston Opera House and is still in use in the summer. There are elaborate interiors upstairs and down.Contact Person: Kim Prangley, Librarian Hours and Admission: Tues and Wed, 10am 5pm; Thurs, 1 8pm; Fri and Sat, 1 5pm. The library is accessible to the disabled. The opera house is not.
Glover Historical Society
Municipal Building, Glover, VT 05839
802-525-6227 (town clerk)
The Society's museum is located on the second floor of the Municipal Building, the former "Leonard Homestead." School photos, Civil War, cellar holes, home photos (then and now), and cemetery lists are some of the items being archived. Genealogy data is being gathered also. Contact Person: Wayne H. Alexander, President, 259 Perron Hills, Glover, VT 05839. Hours and Admission: Wed p.m. June - August or by appointment. No charge.
Greensboro Historical Society
Mailing Address: Highland Lodge, Greensboro, VT 05841
The society is restoring a 1900s library in the center of town to become a historical library and museum. Collections are being formed. Contact Person: Willie Smith
Holland Historical Society
RD 1, Box 37, Derby Line, Holland, VT 05830
The museum is housed in the former Congregational church, built in 1848. There are photographs, household furnishings, and town memorabilia. Activities include Old Home Day, 1st Sun in Aug. Contact Person: Isabel McInnis, President. Hours and Admission: by appointment. Free.
Lowell Historical Society
Mailing Address: 636 Irish Hill Road, Lowell VT 05847
802-744-6308 or 802-744-6559
The society was organized in July, 1999 in the new town hall. Collections are being formed. Contact Person: Gloria Geoffrey, Treasurer
Goodrich Memorial Library
70 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855
The collections in this 1898 town library include paintings, photographs, household utensils, documents, and stuffed animals and birds. Contact Person: Cindy Karasinski, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Mon Fri, 9:30am 5pm; Sat, 9:30am 3pm. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Missisquoi Valley Historical Society Museum
East Main Street, North Troy, VT 05859
The museum is housed in a mid-19th-century building that was first a blacksmith shop and then a church. Collections are of 19th-century textiles, costumes, household furnishings, farm tools, and photographs. Contact Person: Maurice Phillips, President. Hours and Admission: June to Aug, Sat and Sun, 2 5pm. Free.
Hitchcock Memorial Library and Museum
Route 100, Westfield, VT
P.O. Box 148, Westfield, VT 05847
This town library, built in 1899, also has exhibit rooms with 19th-century farm tools, furniture, costumes, linens, photographs, and rock, butterfly, and coral collections. Contact Person: Jeanne Beaulieu, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Thurs, 1 4pm and 7 8pm. Also by appointment in the summer. Free. Accessible to the disabled.
Castleton Historical Society Museum
Main Street, Castleton, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 219, Castleton, VT 05735
The museum is located in the Higley Homestead, a brick house built in 1811. Collections pertain to Castleton and include furnishings, paintings, costumes, documents, and photographs. The walls of the house have some original stenciling, as well as restored stenciling. The historical society also owns the Old Cobbler Shop on Main Street and is open to the public on Colonial Day. There is an annual potluck picnic for the public, 3rd Thurs afternoon in June at the Hubbardton Battlefield. Contact Person: Mary Williamson. Hours and Admission: Summer and fall, Sun 1 4pm. Donations requested.
Mendon Historical Society
34 US Route 4, Mendon VT
Mailing Address: 20 Meadowlake Dr., Mendon VT 05701
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Formed in the summer of 1999, the Society is beginning to collect items for a future museum. The first major project is to tape the memories of our older residents to compile an oral history library. Contact Person: Ann Singiser, President. Hours and Admission: N/A
Middletown Springs Historical Society
The Green, Middletown Springs, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1126, Middletown Springs, VT 05757
The society was formed in 1969 to create the Mineral Springs Park and to restore its ornate springhouse. It has also preserved the Adams House (c. 1800), the Elisha Leffingwell tin shop, and the cemetery. Activities include genealogy and local history research, a maple festival, strawberry festival, Apple Festival, and other special days. Collections relate to the Montvert Hotel mineral springs resort, A.W. Gray Horsepower Factory, local organizations, and individuals. Contact Person: David P. Wright, President. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to late Oct, Sun, 2 4pm or by appointment. Free.
Pittsfield Historical Society
Town Hall, Pittsfield, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 808, Pittsfield, VT 05762
The Pittsfield Historical Society meets every third Monday of the month at the Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Contact Person: L. Fifield, Secretary, Treasurer, ([email protected]). Hours and Admission: April - November, first and third Tuesday of the month from 1:00-3:00PM or by appointment. Call 802-746-8147.
Pittsford Historical Society, Inc.
Eaton Hall, 3399 US Route 7, Pittsford, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 423, Pittsford, VT 05763
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The museum features a time line of Pittsford history, covered bridges and builder Nicholas Powers, Granger cast iron stoves, photographs, paintings, and revolving exhibits in a former Masonic hall/public school. Extensive genealogical records, files on local industries, businesses, organizations, etc. Videos on Pittsford, walking tours, historic site information and more. Small gift shop sells our award winning book, Pittsford's Second Century, 1872-1997, historic town maps and other publications. Contact Person: Jean
Davies, Curator or Lois Blittersdorf. Hours and Admission: April to Nov, Tues, 9am 4pm, as well as Sat, 9am 4pm in July and Aug and other times by appointment.Admission by donation. Accessible to the disabled.
Poultney Historical Society
Mailing Address: 148 Upper Rd., Poultney, VT 05764
The society has several buildings it has restored as museums: the schoolhouse (1895), the Melodean Factory (1854), and the former Union Academy building (1791). Displays are of local clothing, tools, melodeans, carriages, furniture, and metalworks. There is also an antique printing press from Vergennes. Contact Person: Ruth Czar, President. Hours and Admission: June to Aug, Sun, 1 4pm or by appointment. Not accessible to the disabled.
Rutland Historical Society
96 Center Street, Rutland, VT 05701
The society is located in the former Nickwackett Firehouse, built in 1860. Collections focus on the history of Rutland, Proctor, West Rutland, and City of Rutland and include costumes, manuscripts, documents, books, and photographs. Contact Person: Elaine G. Purdy, President, or James Davidson. Hours and Admission: Mon, 6 9pm; Sat, 1 4pm, and by appointment. Free. Displays are accessible to the disabled.
Shrewsbury Historical Society
Route 103, Cuttingsville, VT
Mailing Address:996 Lincoln Hill Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738
The museum is located in the former Cuttingsville Church originally built in 1842, later renovated and rededicated in 1891. The historical society displays 19th century household items and furniture, costumes, photographs, books, diaries, toys and other town memorabilia. The collection also includes video and audio tapes of townspeople and special events, and current Shrewsbury history in scrapbook form. Contact Person: Fran Patten, President. Hours and Admission: July to October, Sat. and Sun., 1 to 3 pm. Free.
Wallingford Historical Society
P.O. Box 327, Wallingford, VT 05773
The museum is located on the second floor of the town hall. The permanent exhibits are of costume accessories, clothing, photographs, furniture, and other town memorabilia. Genealogical records are also available. Contact Person: Joyce Barbieri. Hours and Admission: Open during town office hours. Free; contact the town clerk for admission. Not accessible to the disabled.
Wells Historical Society
Wells Village Library, Wells, VT
Mailing Address: 8 Capron Lane, Wells, VT 05774
Contact Person: Barbara J. Goodspeed, President or Trish Capron, Corresponding Secretary There is no established museum. The Society's collection consists of local photographs, postcards and antique artifacts, and resides in the Wells Village Library at this time. Hours and Admission: N/A
West Haven Historical Society, Inc.
2919 Main Road, West Haven VT
Mailing Address: 834 Main St, West Haven, VT 05743
E-mail Address: [email protected]
802-747-6267 or 802-265-4576
Our collection of town reports, photographs, memories and memorbilia will be housed in the Center School once restoration has been completed. We meet the 1st Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. New members welcome. Contact Person: Kerry Ellis, Secretary. Hours and Admission: N/A
Barre Historical society
Old Labor Hall
44 Granite Street, Barre, VT 05641
Hours: by appointment
Aldrich Public Library
9 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641
Located on the 2nd floor of the 1907 public library, the museum's collections include primitive American portraits of leading citizens of Barre. There are also photographs, models, and tool collections documenting the granite industry, as well as items relating to ethnic groups that settled the area. Contact Person: Karen Lane, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Mon and Fri, Noon 5pm; Thurs, 10am 5pm; Sat, 10am 4pm (summer: Sat, 10am 1pm), and by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Berlin Historical Society Inc.
1921 Scott Hill Road, Berlin, VT 05602
Contact Person: Norbert Rhinerson, President. Hours and Admission: N/A
Cabot Historical Society Museum
Main Street, Cabot, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 63, Marshfield, VT 05658
The society has restored a one-room schoolhouse, as well as another school that was used as a Good Templars' hall. Collections include household furnishings, tools and farming implements, documents from 1800 to 1920, and photographs. Contact Person: Amanda Legare, President. Hours and Admission: July 4, Old Home Week, Fall Foliage Festival, and by appointment.
Middlesex Historical Society
348 South Bear Swamp Road, Middlesex, VT 05602
The Society was founded in 1993 and does not yet have a permanent home. Members are in the process of collecting oral history, photographs and other items for future display. Contact Person: Patricia Wiley, President. Hours and Admission: N/A
Northfield Historical Society
75 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 88, Northfield, VT 05663
The museum and headquarters of the Northfield Historical Society is located in the former home of Governor Charles Paine. The current exhibit is "Northfield at War, 1941-1945." On sale at the museum are copies of a booklet compiled to document how Northfield men and women participated in World War II, both on the home front as well as on the war fronts. The exhibit will be open until January 2, 2001. Contact Person: Alan H. Weiss, President. Hours and Admission: Sat., Sun, and Wed., 1-3 p.m. Admission is free but generous donations are graciously accepted.
Waitsfield Historical Society
General Wait House, Waitsfield, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 816, Waitsfield, VT 05673
Oral histories; military artifacts; research materials; genealogies, photographs, largely 1870-1920. Contact Person: Sandra Reilly, Secretary. Hours and Admission: N/A
Waterbury Historical Society Museum
28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05676
The museum displays its collections of Civil War memorabilia and articles relating to the history of the area in rooms located above the town library. The building is the former home of a Civil War surgeon. Contact Person: Lois Sabin. Hours and Admission: Mon, Tues, Wed, 1 8pm; Fri, 10am 5pm; Sat, 10am 3pm.
Adams Grist Mill Museum
Mill Street, Bellows Falls, VT
Mailing Address: 7 Atkinson Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101
The museum contains all of the original machinery, equipment, tools, supplies, and memorabilia from the gristmill when the business closed in the early 1960s. The Bellows Falls Historical Society supervises collections housed in the 1831 stone and wood frame building. There are also exhibits on the Vermont Farm Machinery Company, other local businesses, and homes. Contact Person: Dennis Ladd, President, 47 Atkinson Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101 [email protected]; or Cathy Bergmann, Secretary, 6 Atkinson Street, Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101, 802-463-3092, [email protected] Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sat and Sun, 1 4pm and by appointment.
Brattleboro Historical Society, Inc.
230 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Mailing Address: 23 West Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
E-mail Address: [email protected]
Collecting, preserving, and disseminating information about Brattleboro's history. Holdings include the records of the Estey Organ Company, over 50 Estey melodeons, over 7000 Brattleboro images in its photography collection, and many Brattleboro artifacts and documents. Contact Person: Wayne Carhart, President, 802-258-9190. Hours: Thurs. 1- 4 pm; Sat. 9 - 12 am.
Brooks Memorial Library
224 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301
The fine arts collection consists of 19th-century paintings and sculpture, as well as American and European antiques. There are exhibits of local and regional artists, lectures, and workshops. Contact Person: Jerry Carbone, Librarian. Hours and Admission: Sept May, Mon Thurs, 9am 9pm; Fri, 9am 6pm; Sat, 9am 5pm.
Dover Historical Society
Historic Harris House, 103 Route 100, West Dover Village, Dover, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 53, East Dover, VT 05341-7705
The society is refurbishing a 1820 house/blacksmith shop to become its headquarters and a musem that will display all types of artifacts and manuscripts pertaining to life in Dover and the region from the late 1700s to the present. The museum opened 24 May 1999. Please contact the Society to donate items related to Dover history. Contact Person: Nelson Bond, Treasurer. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Weds 10-12 & 2-4. Adults: $3.00. Eleven & under:$1.00. Main museum area (1st floor) is handicap accessible.
Grafton Historical Society Museum
Main Street, Grafton, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 202, Grafton, VT 05146
802-843-2489 or 802-843-1010
The museum occupies a seven-room 1845 house with attached barn. The permanent, Grafton-based exhibits are of 18th- and 19th-century furniture, textiles, toys, household utensils and tools, bottles, costumes, fire-fighting equipment, paintings, prints, historic documents, Civil War memorabilia, soapstone objects, writing implements, early inkwells, calligraphy, and alphabets. Also, an outstanding collection of photographs. Contact Person: Rosalys B. Wilson, Registrar. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, Sat and Sun, 1:30 4pm; holidays and by appointment. Admission $1, Children under 12 free. Accessible to the disabled.
Guilford Historical Society
Guilford Center Road, Guilford Center VT
Mailing Address: 236 School Road, Guilford VT 05301
802-254-5910 or 802-254-0597
The 1822 town hall houses exhibits of Guilford items such as photographs, tools, and household items. The society also operates the 1837 meetinghouse and the 1797 one-room brick schoolhouse. Contact Person: Adelaide Minott, President; Anne Bonneville, Secretary. Hours and Admission: July 16 thru Sept., Tues. 10:00 am - noon or Sat. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or by appointment.
Halifax Historical Society Museum
West Halifax, VT
Mailing Address: RR 4, Box 531, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Housed in a two-room schoolhouse, the museum has a permanent exhibit of tools, flatirons, clothing, quilts, etc. There are occasional demonstrations and house tours and a map of historic homes in the area. Contact Person: Susan Rusten and Edith Bickle, Curators. Hours and Admission: open periodically throughout the summer and by request. Free. Partially accessible to the disabled.
Jamaica Historical Foundation
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 287, Jamaica VT 05343
No telephone number available.
The Jamaica Historical Foundation was founded three years ago and, with a grant from the Town, reprinted (4th edition) "Hometown Jamaica: A Pictoral History of a Vermont Village." We are also interested in preserving artifacts, documents and photographs, and are in the process of restoring a plaque stolen from the Jamaica State Park commemorating the "Salmon Hole Massacre" incident.Contact Person: Jeff Dickson, President, [email protected]
Londonderry Historical Society
Custer-Sharp House, Middletown Road, Londonderry, VT 05155
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 114, So. Londonderry, VT 05155
The society is restoring an 1860 house to become an art and community center. Collections include pictures and descriptions of 78 buildings in the village, glass plate negatives, diaries, and clothing. Contact Person: Dr. Robert McCabe, President or Kathleen Wright, Corresponding Secretary. Hours and Admission: call for information.
Marlboro Historical Society Museum
P.O. Box 131, Marlboro, VT 05344
The collection of furnishings, books, documents, maps, photographs, and school memorabilia are housed in the Newton House and the 1813 one-room schoolhouse on Main Street. The grounds also include a well-maintained herb garden. Activities include walks to historic sites, old house tours, and thematic exhibits. Contact Person: L. Bourne, President; Tom Huenik, Secretary. Hours and Admission: July and Aug, Sat, 2 5pm. Free.
Historical Society of Windham County
Route 30, Newfane, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 246, Newfane, VT 05345
The society displays all types of artifacts from towns in Windham County from the late 1700s through early 1900s in a two-story brick building. Activities include four to six programs May to Oct. Contact Person: Joan Marr, Curator; Gordon Crandall, President. Hours and Admission: mid-May to mid-Oct, Wed Sun, 12 5pm. Not accessible to the disabled.
Putney Historical Society Museum
Town Hall, Putney, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 233, Putney, VT 05346
A museum of local items and a small reference library of historical books and folklife materials is housed in a room in the town hall. There are Native American artifacts, photographs, costumes, documents, and genealogy files. Contact Person: Laura Heller. Hours and Admission: when the town hall is open. Curator usually available Wed, 2 4pm or by appointment. Free.
Rockingham Free Public Library and Museum
65 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
E-mail Address: [email protected]
This 1909 Carnegie library building contains a museum relating to the history of Rockingham and surrounding areas and extensive genealogical resources for Rockingham and Bellows Falls. In a large room above the library, there are Civil War items, costumes, textiles, glass photographic plates, postcards, Hetty Greene memorabilia, and a stereopticon slide collection. Activities include Old Home Days. Contact Person: Becky Hollis, Director. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day through fall foliage season during library hours. The library is accessible to the disabled, but the museum is not.
Rockingham Meeting House Association
Mailing Address: 29 Oak Hill Terrace, Bellows Falls, VT
Meeting House, built 1787, remains substantially in its original form, oldest public building in Vermont which remains unchanged. Historic cemetery. Contact Person: John A. Leppman, President. Hours and Admission: July and Aug, daily 10am 5pm admission .50
Saxtons River Historical Society Museum
P.O. Box 18, Saxtons River, VT 05154
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The museum is located on the ground floor of the former Congregational church, built in 1836. The sanctuary on the 2nd floor has a beautiful tracker organ installed in 1900 and still used for concerts and weddings. Collections range from children's playthings, farm implements, and tools to a completely furnished Victorian parlor and kitchen, local photographs, maps, genealogical records, and other documents. There is an annual organ concert, 3rd Sun in Aug, 3pm. Free. Contact Person: Louise Luring, President. Hours and Admission: June to Aug, Sundays, 2 4:30pm and by appointment. Free.
Townshend Historical Society
P.O. Box 202, Townshend, VT 05353
The Society is newly formed and is actively collecting items relating to local history. Visit our web site to view some of these items. Contact Person: Tom Lyman, [email protected]
Route 142 and Pond Road, Vernon, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 282, Vernon, VT 05354
This local history museum in a one-room brick schoolhouse (c. 1848) contains photographs, costumes, farm tools, household utensils, items associated with Vernon, and school items. The society has also restored the Pond Road Chapel, built in 1869, which is used for special events. Activities include Memorial Day exercises and lectures. Contact Person: Mary Jo Campisi, President. Hours and Admission: June through September Sundays 2-4pm. Donations welcomed.
Westminster Historical Society
Town Hall, Route 5, Westminster, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2, Westminster, VT 05158
Collection of local historical artifacts and small genealogy file. Contact Person: Virginia Lisai, President, 802-722-4277; Pat or Bob Haas, 802-387-5778. Hours: Sundays, 2-4 pm from early July to early Sept.
Whitingham Historical Society
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 125, Jacksonville, VT 05342
Tools, photographs, household furnishings, church furniture, and a library with old diaries are located in a former church. Contact Person: Stella Stevens, President. Hours and Admission: Sun, 2 4pm and special occasions. Donation $2. Accessible to the disabled.
Barnard Historical Society
RR2, Box 276, Bethel, VT 05032
Hours: by appoimtment
Bethel Historical Society
Gilead Brook Road, RD#1, Randolph, VT 05060
Museum in Brick Church, Church Street, second floor. Hours: July - September, second and fourth Sundays, 2:00 - 5 pm, or by appointment
Cavendish Historical Society Museum
Vermont Route 131, Cavendish, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 110, Cavendish, VT 05142
A museum of local interest in a former 19th-century town hall. The society also owns a handsome stone structure, the former Universalist Church (1844), which is used for meetings and special events. Collections are of farm tools, household utensils, costumes, weaving implements, textiles, photographs, and items used or made in Cavendish. Contact Person: Sandra Stearns, President. Hours and Admission: June to Oct, Sun, 2 5pm and by request.
Chester Historical Society
Main Street, Chester, VT 05143
802-875-3767 or 802-875-2497
The society rents the Academy Building from the Town of Chester and displays collections of 19th-century household furnishings, quilts, costumes, agricultural machines, documents, and early typewriters. It also owns the former firehouse in Chester Depot, where there is a small collection of 19th-century fire-fighting equipment. Contact Person: Pat Ballou. Hours and Admission: Sat and Sun, 2 5pm, and by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Hartford Historical Society
1461 Maple St., Hartford, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 547, Hartford, VT 05047
The Society owns a turn-of-the-century house with Dr. Garipay's home office, as well as a growing collection of documents, artifacts and photographs of Hartford's past. There are four public lectures each year as well as various special events. Contact Person: Pat Stark, Archivist (days, M-F: 802-295-3077). Hours and Admission: First Tues., 6-8pm; first Sat., 1:30-4pm, and by appointment.
Black River Academy Museum
14 High Street, Ludlow, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 73, Ludlow, VT 05149
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The three-story structure that once housed the academy (Calvin Coolidge's alma mater) is now a historical museum for the town of Ludlow. There are academy memorabilia, 19th-century furnishings, costumes, tools, farm implements, a Finnish exhibit, and Coolidge memorabilia. Textile school offering courses in weaving, spinning and quilt making. Contact Person: Georgia Brehm, Director. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to Columbus Day, Tues Sat, 1 4 pm. No admission. Not accessible to the disabled.
Norwich Historical Society
37 Church Street, Norwich, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1680, Norwich, VT 05055
The society owns an 1810 house that contains a collection of Norwich documents, maps, photographs, textiles, furniture, and hand tools. The society conducts genealogy and land deed research. There are excursions, Old Home Day activities, a Christmas tea, lectures, and local television panel discussions. Contact Person: Jane Britton, President. Hours and Admission: year-round, Wed, 2:30 4:30pm and by appointment.
Reading Historical Society Museum
Reading, VT 05062
The museum is located in two floors of a 19th-century house with an additional gallery containing farm implements, 19th-century gadgets, and machines. Collections are of town records, church documents, clothing, furniture, tools, books, photographs, portraits, and paintings. Contact Person: Walter Mendoza. Hours and Admission: mid-June to mid-Sept, Thurs, 2 4pm. Not accessible to the disabled.
Rochester Historical Society
Vt. Route 100, Rochester, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7, Rochester, VT 05767
E-mail Address: [email protected]
The museum is located on the 2nd floor of the Rochester Library, in the center of the village opposite the park. Special exhibits summers of 1999 and 2000, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the White River Railroad in Rochester. Otherexhibits include farm tools, military items, clothing, verde antique marble, and paper trivia. Contact Person: Mary Ordway Davis, President. Hours and Admission: Memorial Day to mid-Oct, Tues. and Thurs. afternoons; Sat, 9am 1pm; also by appointment.
Royalton Historical Society Museum
4184 Route 14, Royalton, VT
Mailing Address: 4184 Route 14, Royalton, VT 05068
E-mail Address: [email protected]
This local historical society is located in an 1840 Town House with exhibit rooms and collections. The Society maintains in 1840 Town House, the 1844 Center Schoolhouse & Privy, and the 1836 St. Paul's Church. Articles in this Society's collection relate to Royalton's history. Contact Person: John Dumville, Curator. Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Springfield Art & Historical Society and Miller Art Center
9 Elm Street, Springfield, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 313, Springfield, VT 05156
This 19th-century mansion overlooks downtown Springfield, with views of Main Street, the rapids on the Black River, and the locations of early industries. It is now a museum and gallery with exhibits of primitive portraits by 19th-century artists including Horace Bundy, Asahel Powers, and Aaron Dean Fletcher; pewter; Bennington pottery; and Joel Ellis dolls and toys made in local factories. Three rooms also display work by local artists. There are changing exhibits and educational programs for adults and children. Contact Person: Bob McLaughlin, Director. Hours and Admission: early May to mid-Oct, Tues Fri, 10am 4pm; Sat, 2 5pm. Free. The ground floor is accessible to thedisabled.
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Plymouth, VT 05056
The foundation has materials on Calvin Coolidge, his family, Plymouth, Vermont, and his era. Contact Person: Robert T. Stafford, President. Hours and Admission: Call or visit website for information.
Weathersfield Historical Society Museum
The Reverend Dan Foster House
Center Road, Weathersfield, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 126, Weathersfield, VT 05151
802-263-5230 (May 1 - Oct 31 only) or 802-263-5361 (Hunter) or 802-263-9462 (Harris) Fax: 802-263-9263 (Hunter) The house was begun during the Revolutionary War and completed in sections dating 1785 through 1825. The 18th-century barn was recently reconstructed. With the addition of the old forge in 1972, the complex houses an extensive collection of historical items, including Civil War memorabilia, a children's room, tools, clothing and textiles, a library with archival photos and genealogies, and the last panther killed in Weathersfield (1867). Activities include an annual antiques show in June, history hikes, lectures, and demonstrations. Contact Person: Alison Roth, PO Box 126, Weathersfield, VT 05151. Hours and Admission: late June to early Oct, Thurs Mon, 2 5pm and by appointment. Free.
West Windsor Historical Society
Route 44, Brownsville, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12, Brownsville, VT 05037
The Museum and offices for the organization are in a 1914 Grange Hall now owned by the Society. The second floor houses the newly decorated and renovated museum which contains items collected from the area displayed in a pleasant informative manner. Contact Person: Mary Fenn, President, 802-484-7249. Hours and Admission: Most Tues. & Weds. mornings, year-round. First four Saturdays in July from 4 to 7pm. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Woodstock Historical Society
26 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091
802-457-1822; [email protected]
The society's collection is housed in the 1807 Charles Dana House, which remained in the Dana family until its sale to the society in 1944. There are 19th-century furnishings, silver and glass, dolls, costumes, early photographs, books and papers of the Dana family, tools, a 12,000-volume library of local history, genealogical reference materials, and reference books on administration and conservation. Lectures and workshops are held in a 100-seat auditorium. Contact Person: Corwin Sharp, Executive Director. Hours and Admission: May to Oct, Mon Sat, 10am 5pm; Sun and holidays, 12 4pm. Admission $1.00. 1st floor and auditorium accessible to the disabled.