Addison County - Museum Directory

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information listed for open hours or events may not be accurate in 2020. We recommend contacting the organization directly to confirm before making plans to visit.

Addison Town Historical Society

Old Town Hall, Addison, VT
Mailing Address: 3968 VT Route 22A, Addison, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 759-2380
Contact: Erwin Clark, Co-President

There is no established museum; visitors by appointment

Bridport Historical Society

3184 Rte 22A, Bridport, VT (Large white building)
Mailing Address: 3177 Crown Point Road, Bridport, VT 05734
Phone: (802) 758-2654
Contact: Margaret Sunderland, Historian

The Ephraim Gray house was built about 1812. The society's collection includes artifacts, photographs, and manuscripts reflecting life in Bridport from 1800 to the present.

Genealogical files are available at the town clerk's office, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, closed Thursday afternoon. Visitors by appointment, handicap accessible.

Bristol Historical Society

Howden Hall Community Center, 19 West Street, Bristol, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 141, Bristol, VT 05443
Phone: (802) 453-7709
Contact: Steve Ayotte, President

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 including photographs, maps, postcards, posters, and newspapers. Visitors by appointment. Free. Handicap accessible.

Cornwall Historical Society

Cornwall Town Hall, 2629 VT Route 30, Cornwall, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Town Hall, 2629 VT Route 30, Cornwall, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 462-2775
Contact: Sue Johnson

The society has a growing collection of artifacts and archives in its office in the Cornwall town hall. Historical property records and genealogical information are available at the town clerk's office. Visitors by appointment.

DAR John Strong Mansion Museum

6656 VT Route 17 W, Addison, VT
Mailing Address: c/o PO Box 1978, Manchester Center, VT 05255-1978
Phone: (802) 759-2309
Contact: Edna Curtin, ednaburtin@gmail.com

The Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution invite you to visit this 200 year old  home of a Revolutionary War Patriot and his family. Experience one of Vermont ’s most  important 18th century homes- a masterpiece of Federal architecture. See period room displays and hear the story of a Colonial family’s life in the northern wilderness.

Hours and Admission: Open for Guided Tours Memorial Day-Labor Day, Saturday & Sundy, 10am to 5pm. Contact for special tours by appointment. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Families $10

East Middlebury Historical Society

Sarah Partridge Community House
Mailing Address: PO Box 434, East Middlebury, VT 05740
Contact: Ms. Nancy Marcus, Treasurer, nmarcus265@gmail.com or Ms. Linda Kelton, keltonh@yahoo.com

The East Middlebury Historical Society serves to preserve the history, genealogy, artifacts, and culture of East Middlebury, VT.  Its membership has a wide range of knowledge and interests and is eager to share their information with everyone.  We enjoy getting together to share stories and a good time.   Please come by the Sarah Partridge Community House to see the historical exhibits available there and learn more about the historical society.  The Society meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Sarah Partridge Community House [431 East Main, St., East Middlebury, VT].  Please join us!

Ferrisburgh Historical Society

6 Little Chicago Road, Ferrisburgh, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 85, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
Phone: (802) 425-4505
Contact: Gail Blasius, President

Our artifacts are stored in a vault at the Ferrisburgh Historical Society's building, former Center School and Town Clerk's Office on Route 7.

Meetings are the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 pm. New members and guests are always welcome.

Hancock Historical Society

47 VT Rte. 125, Hancock, VT
Mailing Address: 57 Taylor Brook Rd, Hancock, VT 05748

Hancock Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, collecting and sharing information about Hancock and its people and events.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT
Mailing Address: 1 Park Street, Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-2117
Contact: Eva Garcelon-Hart, Archivist

The museum offers tours, exhibits, and programs aimed at facilitating an understanding of regional Vermont history through sharing with the community a wealth of objects and written materials that document the history of Middlebury, Addison County, and Vermont. It also has a gallery, a shop, and gardens.

Hours and Admission:
Museum: June - Columbus Day weekend: Tues–Sat., 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; Fall/Winter/Spring: Tues–Sat., 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Research Center:Thursday and Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, or by appointment
Admission fee

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT
Mailing Address: 4472 Basin Harbor Rd, Vergennes, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 475-2022
Website: www.lcmm.org

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is a research and educational institution dedicated to preserving and sharing the extraordinary cultural and natural resources of Lake Champlain. We inspire children and adults through world-class nautical archaeology, robust educational programs, and full-sized and operational replica vessels that bring history to life. Our three-acre campus is located right on the water's edge, so our collections invite discovery and understanding in their original setting and visitors can embark on lake adventures of their own!

Hours and Admission: Open May through mid-October. Admission is good for two consecutive days. $14 per adult, $12 per senior, $8 for students aged 6-18, $0 for children 5 and under.

Lincoln Historical Society

18th Century Farmhouse & 19th Century Barn Museum, 88 Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT
Mailing Address: 88 Quaker Street, Lincoln, VT 05443
Phone: 802-453-7502
Contact: Rhonda Hutchins

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. The activities include a yard sale Memorial Day Weekend and an Annual Meeting in August.

Hours and Admission:
June-October on the 2nd & 4th Sundays, 12:00 to 4:00 pm; or by appointment.

Monkton Museum & Historical Society

Mailing Address: 280 Monkton Ridge, North Ferrisburgh, VT, 05473
Phone: (802) 482-2277
Contact: Gill Coates, President

The society’s collection is housed in the Monkton town hall in Monkton Ridge. Visitors are welcome, by appointment; when the town hall is open (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). The town hall is handicap accessible. Meetings are the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Monkton town hall. Meetings are open to everyone. Note that a meeting is not held in December.

New Haven Historical Society

Mailing Address: 78 North Street, New Haven, VT 05472
Phone: (802) 453-4037
Contact: Bev Landon

There is no established museum. Meetings are the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the New Haven Community Library. Meeting notices appear in the monthly town newsletter (online), Front Porch Forum, and the Addison Independent.

Orwell Historical Society

Orwell Free Library, Main Street, VT Route 73, Orwell, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 85, Orwell, VT 05760
Phone: (802) 948-2049
Contact: Steve Buxton, President

The society's collection of Orwell history from the Revolutionary War through World War II to the present day is housed at the library.

Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - noon.

Ripton Historical Society

1311 Route 125, Ripton, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 140, Ripton, VT 05766
Phone: (802) 388-1634
Contact: Charles Billings, President

Rokeby Museum

4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT
Mailing Address: 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456
Phone: (802) 877-3406
Contact: Jane Williamson, Director

Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark designated for its exceptional underground railroad history. The site includes an award-winning new exhibit, Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont; a fully furnished historic house; 9 historic farm buildings; and acres of grounds and trails.

Hours and Admission: Open daily 10 to 5 from mid-May to the last Sunday in October  Adults $10, Seniors $9, Students $8, Children under 5 free

Salisbury Historical Society

Town Hall, Maple Street, Salisbury, VT 05769
Mailing Address: PO Box 40, Salisbury, VT 05769
Contact: Barry Whitney, President

There is no museum at this time. Plans are to rebuild an eighteenth-century settler's cabin near the site of Ann Story's cabin. Meetings take place at the Salisbury town hall. Visitors by appointment.

Shoreham Historical Society

Stone Schoolhouse Museum, VT Route 22A, Shoreham, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 156, Shoreham, VT 05770
Phone: (802) 897-2600
Contact: Linda Oaks, President, PO Box 235, 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. Visitors year—round by appointment.

Starksboro Historical Society

2174 Big Hollow Road, Starksboro, VT 05487
Phone: (802) 453-3469
Contact: Ruth Beecher, Secretary

This society, formed in 2005, does not have a museum. The group meets the 4th Thursday of every other month at 7:00 pm at the town hall. Call or email for hours and admission.

Vergennes Historical Society

Contact: Susan Ferland

The society collects the history of the Vergennes area. It does not currently have a physical address, but usually meets on the first Thursday of the month from Sept-April.

Vermont Folklife Center

88 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-4964
Contact: Bob Hooker, Admin/Development Associate

Documenting and sharing cultural traditions of Vermont primarily through audio interviews and documentary exhibits. Our archive is home to over 5,000 audio interviews, 15,000 photographs, and numerous collections of regional traditional music. We also offer workshops on audio interviewing, an apprenticeship program for the traditional arts, and have an active outreach program in a number of Vermont schools.

Hours and Admission: Open Tuesday through Saturday 10-5.  Admission by donation  Closed on legal holidays and between Christmas and New Years.

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