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Bellows Falls Historical Society

Bellows Falls Historical Society
Adams Grist Mill Museum, Mill Street, Bellows Falls, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 466, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Email: facades@sover.net or stewread1@gmail.com
Phone:  (802) 376-6789   Contact:  Stewart Read, Treasurer 

The society supervises collections housed in the 1831 stone and wood frame grist mill building, located on Mill Street, at the southern end of the village square. The structure houses much of its original equipment, including all the grain elevators and storage bins. Implements from the Vermont Farm Machinery Company are also stored in the building, as well as household articles, antique signs, and hand tools used by various craftsmen that were there when the business closed in the early 1960s, and the original sleigh for the mill, as well as the family sleigh, all belonging to the Adams family. The society's collection of archival materials of Bellows Falls memorabilia is temporarily housed in the Rockingham Free Public Library. The society's collection of Hetty Green furnishings is on exhibit in the Library Museum.

Hours and Admission: Memorial Day - Columbus Day: Saturday and Sunday and by appointment.

Brattleboro Historical Society, Inc.

Municipal Building, 230 Main Street, 3rd floor, Brattleboro, VT
History Center: 196 Main St, Brattleboro, VT
Mailing Address: 230 Main Street, Suite 301, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Website: www.brattleborohistoricalsociety.org
Email: histsoc@sover.net
Phone: (802) 258-4957
Contact:
Barbara George, President

The Brattleboro Historical Society has a large collection of local photographs as well as extensive information on individuals, properties, and businesses. A new downtown Brattleboro History Center showcases items from BHS and community collections and involve the public in our shared past.

Hours: Municipal Building- History Room: Thursdays, 2-4 pm & Saturdays, 10-4 pm. Other hours by appointment.
History Center: Thursdays & Fridays, 2-4 pm; Saturdays, 11-3 pm. Open for Brattleboro Gallery Walks 5-8 pm.

Dover Historical Society

1820 Harris House, 103 VT Rte 100, Dover, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 128, East Dover, VT 05341
Phone:  (802) 348-6849
Contact: Patti Buck, Secretary  patriciahbuck@earthlink.net

The society has refurbished a circa 1820s house/blacksmith shop to become its headquarters and a museum that displays all types of artifacts and manuscripts pertaining to life in Dover and the region from the late 1700s to the present. The museum opened in May 1999. Please contact the society to donate items related to Dover history.

Hours and Admission: July - September: Saturday, noon - 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Main museum area (1st floor) is accessible to the disabled.

Dummerston Historical Society

Dummerston Center, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 8064, North Brattleboro, VT 05304
Phone: (802) 257-0674
Contact: Cindy Wilcox, President

Visitors by appointment.

Etsey Organ Museum

108 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT
Mailing Address: 108 Birge Street, Brattleboro, VT 05201
Website: www.esteyorganmuseum.org
Email: info@esteyorganmuseum.org
Phone: (802) 246-8366
Contact:  Philip Stimmel, Managing Director

To celebrate the heritage of Estey Organ Company of Brattleboro, VT by the collection, restoration, display and performance of Estey and other organs; by the preservation, research, interpretation and dissemination of historical information about the company, its products and manufacturing practices, its owners, employees, markets, customers and competitors, and its effect in the context of Brattleboro and American history.

Hours and Admission: Saturdays & Sundays, 2-4 PM, mid-May through mid-October, and by appointment.

Grafton Historical Society

Grafton History Museum, 147 Main Street, Grafton, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 202, Grafton, VT 05146
Website: www.graftonhistoricalsociety.com
Email: grafhist@vermontel.net
Phone: (802) 843-2584
Contact:  Maureen Fletcher, Administrator

Educational, nonprofit society to bring together those persons interested in history, to discover and collect material illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities of the past and present to the history or Grafton, Vermont. To provide for the preservation and accessibility of such material, as far as may be feasible.

Hours and Admission:
Year Round: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (please call in advance)
Memorial Day - Columbus Day: Monday, Thursday through Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Guilford Historical Society

1822 Town Hall, 40630Guilford Center Road, Guilford Center, VT
Mailing Address: 236 School Road, Guilford VT 05301
Email: pulpitfm@myfairpoint.net
Phone: (802) 257-0147

The 1822 town hall houses exhibits of Guilford artifacts including a 19th century kitchen, arrowheads, photographs, antique and slate industry tools, textiles, household items, and a directory of Guilford's cemeteries and headstones. The society also operates the 1837 meetinghouse and the 1797 one-room brick schoolhouse.

Hours and Admission: Memorial Day - Columbus Day: Tuesday and Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, or by appointment. Free. Donations appreciated. Accessible to the disabled.

Halifax Historical Society

Museum in Center of Village next to Fire Department, West Halifax, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 94, West Halifax. VT 05358
Website: www.halifaxvthistory.org
Email: dpark127@aol.com
Phone; (802) 368-7164
Contact: Doug Parkhurst, President

Housed in a two-room schoolhouse, the museum has a permanent exhibit that includes tools, flatirons, clothing, and quilts. There are occasional demonstrations and house tours and a map of historic homes in the area. The society is in the processing of researching and writing its town history.

Hours and Admission: May 26 - Sept 1: Saturday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, or by appointment. Free. Partially accessible to the disabled.

Jamaica Historical Foundation

Jamaica, VT
Mailing Address: 3417 VT Rte 30, Jamaica VT 05343
Email: dkameden@svcable.net or jamaicavthf@gmail.com
Phone: (802) 874-4974
Contact: Karen Ameden, President

With a grant from the Town of Jamaica, the society reprinted (4th edition) "Hometown Jamaica: A Pictoral History of a Vermont Village. We have many displays, photos and memorabilia filling up 3 rooms in the Historic Brick Bank Building. We are working on a database to put in our new website that will be coming out in late 2010. We will have all of the town's vital records, cemetary plots, photos and inscriptions, photos of families, buildings, geneaology, interviews, newspaper clippings, maps, and much more. We are interviewing many folks in town and scanning their photos for the website. Visitors by appointment.

Londonderry Historical Society

Custer-Sharp House, 2461 Middletown Road, Londonderry, VT
Website:www.londonderryvt.org/LHS
Phone: (802) 824-3850
Contact: Sally Ogden, Vice President

Bernadine Custer Sharp, an artist and founding member of the Southern Vermont Arts Center, bequeathed her 1860 house to the LHS to be the home of the historical society and to be used as an arts and cultural center. Bernadine was a versatile and well known artist. Much of her art work now belongs to the society — over 3000 pieces. We also have a notable collection of Londonderry history and memorabilia. The historic glass plates may be seen at the South Londonderry Library.

Hours and Admission: July - August: Sat. 10:00 am - noon and by appointment

Marlboro Historical Society

Ephraim Holland Newton House, 364 South Road, Marlboro, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 109, Marlboro, VT 05344
Website:digitalmarlboro.omeka.net/
Phone: (802) 258-2568
Contact: Forrest Holzafel, President at forrest810@gmail.com

The collection of furnishings, books, documents, maps, photographs, and school memorabilia are housed in the Newton House and the 1813 one-room schoolhouse on South Road, near the town center. The grounds also include a snow-roller and herb garden. Recent activities have included winter and summer lecture programs and impersonations, one-room schoolhouse reunions, archaeological digs, stone wall maintenance, old games and crafts, interpretive local history, community history projects, sing-alongs, square dances, a summer band concert, river and lake trips, visits to historic sites, old house tours, and thematic exhibits.

Hours and Admission: July and August, Saturday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm or by appointment. Free. Memberships help defer publicity costs, as well as building and collection maintenance.

Putney Historical Society

Museum in Town Hall, 15 Kimball Hill Rd, Putney, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 260, Putney, VT 05346
Website: http://putneyhistory.us/
Email: putneyhistory@gmail.com
Phone: (802) 387-4411
Contact: Barbara Taylor

Organization with a mission “to bring together those persons interested…in the history of the Town of Putney, Vermont…to collect any materials…pertinent to the history of Putney; to acquire property…in order to preserve historic resources.”

Hours and Admission: Saturdays 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rockingham Meeting House Association

Old Rockingham Meeting House, Meeting House Road, off Vt Rt 103, Rockingham, VT
Mailing Address: 20 Thwing Lane, Bellows Falls, VT 05101
Email: john.a.leppman@dartmouth.edu
Phone: (802) 463-3858
Contact:
John Leppman, President

The meeting house, built in 1787, remains substantially in its original form and is the oldest public building in Vermont that remains unchanged. Historic cemetery.

Hours and Admission: Summer: daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Admission: 50¢.

Saxtons River Historical Society

Museum, Main Street, Saxtons River, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 18, Saxtons River, VT 05154
Email: luring@vermontel.net
Phone: (802) 869-2566
Contact:
Louise Luring, President

The museum is located on the ground floor of the former Congregational church, built in 1836. The sanctuary on the second floor has a beautiful tracker organ installed in 1900 that is 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 in August. Donations accepted.

Hours and Admission: Summer: Sundays, 2:00 – 4:30 pm, or by appointment.

Townshend Historical Society

Townshend, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 202, Townshend, VT 05353
Email: ths@dugrenier.com
Phone: (802) 365-4400
Contact:
Robert DuGrenier, President

Research materials, recently published town history. Many old photographs scanned for use in town history and web site. Visitors by appointment.

Vernon Historians

One-room Schoolhouse, 4201 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT
1860 Pond Road Chapel, 634 Pond Road, Vernon, VT
Mailing Address: 567 Governor Hunt Road, Vernon, VT 05354
Email:  Dura46NT@hotmail.com
Phone: (802) 254-8010
Contact: Barbara Moseley, Historian

This local history museum, in a one-room brick schoolhouse (c. 1848), contains the original schoolroom, farmhouse kitchen, farm tools, plus Vernon photographs and artifacts. The restored Pond Road Chapel, built in 1860, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The chapel is used for special events and is open by appointment.

Hours and Admission:
Museum: June - September: Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Donations welcomed.
Chapel: by appointment.

Wardsboro History Group Ltd.

Mailing Address:  PO Box 33, Wardsboro, VT 05355 
Email:  wardsborolisters@gmail.com
Phone:  (802) 896-6603
Contact:  Janice Hull, President 

Westminster Historical Society

Museum in Town Hall, 3651 US Rte 5, Westminster, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 2, Westminster, VT 05158
Website: www.westminstervthistory.org
Phone: (802) 387-5778
Contact:
Pat and Bob Haas, Trustees

Located on the second floor of the town hall, the museum features items of local history, especially relating to the massacre of March 13, 1775. There are Revolutionary artifacts; local household and farm items; post office, church, and courthouse artifacts; and some genealogy materials.

Hours and Admission: July - 1st Sunday in September: Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

Whitingham Historical Society

Green Mountain Hall, Stimpson Hall Road, Whitingham, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 125, Whitingham, VT 05342
Email: sstevens@myfairpoint.net
Phone: (802) 368-2448 or (802) 368-2376
Contact:
Stella Stevens, President

Tools, photographs, household furnishings, church furniture, and a library with old diaries are located in a former church. A new four-panel display created by a local resident displays kitchen gadgets from all eras.

Hours and Admission: July - September: Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Accessible to the disabled.

Historical Society of Wilmington

Barber House Museum, 5 Lisle Hill, Wilmington, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 1751, Wilmington, VT 05363
Website: www.wilmingtonvermont.us
Email: jam0163@myfairpoint.net
Phone:
(802) 464-3004
Contact: Julie Moore, President

The society's collection at the Barber House Museum includes photographs, framed special local history, town artifacts, scrapbooks, and albums.

Hours of operation: Open Saturdays starting July 4th weekend through Labor Day weekend from 1:00 - 3:00.  Walking tours by appointment only, call (802) 464-3004 or (802) 464-0200.  April through November montly meetings are held.  Check our website for a listing.

Historical Society of Windham County

Museum, Route 30, Main Street, Newfane, VT

Mailing Address: PO Box 246, Newfane, VT 05345
Website: www.historicalsocietyofWindhamCounty.org
Email:
info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org
Phone: (802) 365-4148
Contact:
Kate Hennessy, Curator

The Museum houses a collection of unusual quality that interprets the history of the county from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Highlights include many excellent early portraits, Vermont furniture from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, folk art, textiles, a superb collection of Civil War artifacts, including battlefield souvenirs, and the history of the West River Railroad. Exhibits change annually.

Hours and Admission: Memorial Day Weekend through mid October: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm. Not accessible to the disabled.

 

We try to follow our mission “to bring together those persons interested…in the history of the Town of Putney, Vermont…to collect any materials…pertinent to the history of Putney; to acquire property…in order to preserve historic resources.”