Caledonia County - Museum Directory
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.
Barnet Historical Society
Goodwillie House Museum- 1790.; Home of first minister.
Hours and Admission: Normally open one Saturday a month or by appointment.
Burke Historical Society
Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Danville Historical Society
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
The beautifully furnished old house built in 1840 contains a collection of items relating to local history.
Hours and Admission: by appointment
Hardwick Historical Society
The restored Hardwick Depot, home to the Hardwick Historical Society, houses artifacts and archives from Hardwick's past. Permanent displays relate to the areas granit boom, the Hardwick & Woodbury Railroad, Hardwick Academy, and the Civil War.
Hours and Admission: June-October: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment.
Lyndon Historical Society
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 http://www.shoresmuseum.org/shoresphoto.htm. Visitors by appointment.
Peacham Historical Association
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:
[Due to COVID-19, exhibits for 2020 have been cancelled & archival research in-person is not currently available. Contact for more information]
Historical House: July 4 - first week in October: Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Blacksmith Shop: open as announced.
Archives: open year-round on Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment.
Ryegate Historical Society
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
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
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
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
Research archives available. Visitors by appointment.
Waterford Historical Society
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.
Hours & Admission: WHS usually meets monthly on the 4th Wednesday night, February through October.