Caledonia County - Museum Directory

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Please Note: We make every effort to ensure the information listed for open hours or events is accurate, but we recommend contacting the organization directly to confirm before making plans to visit.

Barnet Historical Society

Goodwillie House, 26 Goodwillie Road, Barnet Center, VT
Mailing Address: 802 Warden Road, Barnet, VT 05821
Phone: (802) 633-2325
Contact: David Warden, President

Goodwillie House Museum- 1790.; Home of first minister.

Hours and Admission: Normally open one Saturday a month or by appointment.

Burke Historical Society

White School House Museum, East Burke, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Burke Mountain Club, PO Box 309, East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: (802) 626-9823
Contact: Alan Arnold, Caretaker

Hours and Admission: by appointment.

Danville Historical Society

Choate-Sias Historical House, 121 Hill St., Danville, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 274, Danville, VT 05828
Phone: (802) 684-2055
Contact: Patricia Conly, Executive Director

Gathering, storing, organizing, and sharing the history of Danville, VT.

Hours and Admission: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Groton Historical Society

Peter Paul 1840 House, 1203 Scott Highway, Groton, VT
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 89, Groton, VT 05046
Phone: (802) 584-3049
Contact: Deborah Jurist, President

The Groton Historical Society is committed to the preservation of the history of Groton, providing genealogical and historical research and education, preserving the historic Peter Paul House (1840), and having fun!

Hours and Admission: Open by appointment and usually on Fall Foliage Day. Donations appreciated.

Hardwick Historical Society

Hardwick Depot, 47 Depot Street (off Church Street behind Town House), Hardwick, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 177, Hardwick, VT 05843
Phone: (802) 472-6424
Contact: Elizabeth Dow, (802)-472-6424,

The restored Hardwick Depot, home to the Hardwick Historical Society, houses artifacts and archives from Hardwick's past. Permanent displays relate to the area's granite boom, Hardwick Academy, and everyday life in Hardwick. The archival holdings include complete runs of all local newspapers since 1890, nearly complete collections of school publications, thousands of pictures, and hundreds of topics in vertical files.

Hours and Admission: June-October: Thursdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm and Saturdays, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

Lyndon Historical Society

Shores Memorial Museum, 202 Center Street, Lyndon Center, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 85, Lyndon Center, VT 05850
Phone: (802) 626-9321
Contact: Christopher Raymond, Curator

The society's Victorian museum features clothing and furnishings reflecting the lifestyle of the period. Special exhibits show Lyndon's history throughout the years. Its seven restored rooms display quilts, business, military and farm objects. See photos at Visitors by appointment.

Peacham Historical Association

Historical House, 153 Church Street, Peacham, VT Asbel Goodenough Blacksmith Shop, 101 Church Street, Peacham, Archives & Research Center, 149 Church St, Peacham, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 101, Peacham, VT 05862
Contact: Steve Galinet, President

The Peacham Historical Assocation collects, preserves, and makes available materials and sites relating to the history of the Town of Peacham and interprets Peacham's history through lectures, exhibits, publications, and other activities. The Peacham Corner Historic District is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places. A permanent exhibit of tools, a telephone exchange, and items from an old country store are displayed in a three-room historical house. An 1820's blacksmith shop has been restored with a working wooden forge. PHA's manuscripts, archival materials and the references library are housed in a former town office.

Hours and Admission:
Historical House: July 4 - first week in October: Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Blacksmith Shop: open as announced. 
Archival Research Center: open Thursdays 10am-12pm from May 1 to October 1.

Ryegate Historical Society

Whitelaw Hall, 54 Paper Mill Road, East Ryegate, VT 05402
Mailing Address: 3158 N. Bayley Hazen Rd, East Ryegate, VT 05402
Phone: (802) 592-3378
Contact: Dover Ford, President

The society’s focus is the preservation of Ryegate’s history through research and meetings and the storage and cataloguing of artifacts, documents, books, and other items of interest. Public programs are held in the summer months. The society maintains Whitelaw Hall in East Ryegate, where part of the collections are stored and displayed. Other vital archives are held in the Town Clerk’s vault.Visitors by appointment

Saint Johnsbury History & Heritage Center

421 Summer Street, St. Johnsbury, VT
Mailing Address: 421 Summer St, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: (802) 424-1090
Contact: Peggy Pearl, Director

The St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center serves as a gateway to preserve, educate, and celebrate St. Johnsbury's historic legacy. Local historical artifacts that have been in storage for many years are now on exhibit at the Center. The Center's primary focus is to preserve these valuable collections while promoting history education. The Center's vision is to inspire an appreciation of St. Johnsbury's history and traditions and to build a historical foundation and understandings of our collective past for our community's future.

Hours and Admission: October-May: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; June-September: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Sheffield Historical Society

Municipal Building, 37 Dane Road, Sheffield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 75, Sheffield, VT 05866
Phone: (802) 626-9416
Contact: Audrey Richardson, Secretary or Edward Richardson, Treasurer

The society archives are housed at the Municipal Building. The 1847 Town House Museum (75 Berry Hill Rd) is open on special occasion or by appointment through the summer months. Displays include early Sheffield life, Civil War soldiers of Sheffield, maps on the old cemeteries, and the school districts in 1875. Inquiries for private tours or genealogy are welcome.

Stannard Historical Society

Old Methodist Church, 621 Stannard Mountain Road, Stannard, VT
Mailing Address: c/o 391 Flagg Pond Rd, Stannard, VT 05842
Phone: (802) 533-2561
Contact: Laurie Randall, Secretary

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 and is available for rental. Activities include an old home day on the first Sunday in August. Visitors by appointment

Walden Historical Committee

Walden, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 54, West Danville, Vt 05873

Research archives available. Visitors by appointment.

Waterford Historical Society

Mailing Address: PO Box 56, Lower Waterford, VT 05848
Contact: Helen-Chantal Pike, President

The Waterford Historical Society is located on the Connecticut River in Caledonia County and gathers life stories and research on a post-American Revolution community whose identity was forever changed by the railroad route outside its municipal border, westward migration, and construction of 2 dams for hydroelectric power. Research archives available by appointment.

Hours & Admission: WHS usually meets March - September on the 4th Wednesday at 6:30 PM in the Davies Memorial Library, Lower Waterford.

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