Chittenden County - Museum Directory

Jericho Historical Society

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Birds of Vermont Museum

900 Sherman Hollow Road Huntington VT
Mailing Address: 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, VT 05462
Phone: (802) 434-2167
Contact: Erin Talmage, Executive Director, erin@birdsofvermont.or

Natural history meets art with over 500 life-like wood carvings of birds in realistic habitats. Breeding birds in nests, raptors overhead, long wetland dioramas, and changing special exhibits complement science and art events, forest and meadow trails, children’s programs, and bird feeding. Be inspired by Bob Spear and others!

Hours and Admission: Open Daily May 1 - Oct 31, 10am - 4pm.  Open by appointment, Nov 1- April 30.  Admission $7/adult, discounts for kids, seniors, groups

Charlotte Historical Society

Charlotte Memorial Museum, Museum Road, East of Route 7, Charlotte, VT

The museum is located in the center of the early town in a building that is 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.

Hours and Admission: July 4th - Labor Day: Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 pm., or by appointment. Free. Accessible to the disabled.

Chittenden County Historical Society

Burlington, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 1576, Burlington, VT 05402
Website: cchsvt.org
Contact: Carolyn Gould, President

The society is dedicated to encouraging original research and study of our local history in Chittenden County. We also aid in the publishing and distribution of important historical articles, reports, monographs, and books resulting from such studies. We encourage and help in the work of searching for, discovering, and cataloging historical materials that will establish and illustrate the development of Chittenden County, its exploration, settlement, and activities; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade, and transportation. We have a quarterly publication: the Bulletin, and programs throughout the year. 

Colchester Historical Society

Historical Society Parsonage, 828 Main Street, and Log Schoolhouse, Airport Park, 488 Colchester Point Road, Colchester, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Robert Furst, 245 Bluebird Drive, Colchester, VT 05446
Contact: See web site for current contact information

The society is located in a former Baptist parsonage built in 1899. Two bedrooms and a parlor are set up with furnishings of the period. Various artifacts and old photos are on display. Meetings and programs are held monthly (except for July and August). In May of 2007, the society opened its restored log schoolhouse to the public. The circa 1815 building, rescued and moved to Airport Park, serves as a museum and information center at a popular location near the Colchester recreation path. The Schoolhouse is open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day, Fridays - Mondays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Essex Community Historical Society

Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum, 3 Browns River Rd, Essex, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 8388, Essex, VT 05451
Phone: (802) 879-1354
Contact: Eva Clough, President

We promote the discovery and preservation of historical materials, offer relevant programs to educate the community about the past and help individuals and families to discover genealogical links to their Essex ancestors. We are an open society and welcome all who have an interest in history in general and/or interest in the Town of Essex.We promote the discovery and preservation of historical materials, offer relevant programs to educate the community about the past and help individuals and families to discover genealogical links to their Essex ancestors. We are an open society and welcome all who have an interest in history in general and/or interest in the Town of Essex. The Society operates the Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum which is located in the Old White School House adjacent to the Essex Free Library in Essex Center near the intersection of Routes 15 & 128. 

Hours and Admission: Museum is open the First Sunday in June through the Second Monday in October: Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm and 3rd Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Admission is Free.

Essex Junction Historical Society

Essex Junction Village, 11 Maple Street, 1st Floor, Essex Jct, VT
Mailing Address: 11 Maple Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452
Phone: (802) 878-8654
Contact: William Kalanges, President

Hours and Admission: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, except holidays.

Ethan Allen Homestead Museum

1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT
Mailing Address: 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Burlington, VT 05408
Phone: (802) 865 4556
Contact: Angie Grove, Executive Director, grove.eahm@gmail.com

Step back in time to the 18th century at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum! Come see what everyday life was like on the New England frontier during and after the American Revolution. Museum admission includes access to exhibits, a guided tour of the restored 1787 Allen House, a 15-minute film on Revolutionary War veteran & Vermont founder Ethan Allen, a kid's costume corner, tavern toys & games, and access to our recreated 18th-century colonial garden. The Museum also hosts a gift shop featuring Vermont artisan products and historical books and toys. This private non-profit museum is located within the Ethan Allen Park, a public park run by the Winooski Vallery Park District, which includes hiking and cycling trails along the Winooski River, community gardens, and a picnic shelter. Bring a picnic and spend the day with us!

Hours and Admission: May 1 - October 31, daily 10am-4pm. 

Heritage Winooski Mill Museum

20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 301, Winooski VT 05404
Mailing Address: 20 Winooski Falls Way, Suite 301, Winooski VT 05404
Phone: (802) 355-9937
Contact: Miriam Block, Director, miriam@themillmuseum.org

The Heritage Winooski Mill Museum is located in the historic Champlain Mill overlooking the Winooski River. Exhibits on view document the industrial and cultural history of the Winooski Falls mill era from 1838-1954.

Hours and Admission: Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00pm. Closed major holidays. Free.

Hinesburg Historical Society

Hinesburg, VT
Mailing Address: 591 Burritt Road, Hinesburg, VT 05461
Phone: (802) 482-2699
Contact: Jean Miner, President

"Education. Preservation. Outreach." - from The HHS Mission. Meetings are the 4th Thursday of the month at the Hinesburg town hall (10632 VT Rte 116).

Huntington Historical and Community Trust

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 147, Huntington, VT 05462
Phone: (802) 434-3584
Contact: Robin Worn, Chairperson

Meetings are held in the Huntington Public Library at 7:30 on the 1st Thursday of the month. (Please contact us in advance to verify date and location.)

Jericho Historical Society

Old Red Mill, 4A Red Mill Dr, Jericho, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 35, Jericho, VT 05465
Phone: (802) 899-4562
Contact: Ann Squires, President

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.

Hours and Admission: 
January - March: Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
April - December: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm.
(Closed Sundays in July & August)

Lost Mural Project

188 North Prospect St. Burlington, VT
Mailing Address: 188 North Prospect St. Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 233-2920
Contact: Aaron Goldberg, Board Member, agoldbergvt@gmail.com

The Lost Mural Project works to preserve and share a 1910 synagogue mural, painted in Burlington's Chai Adam Synagogue by Lithuanian Jewish immigrant Ben Zion Black. In 2015 the Lost Mural was moved from its original location (which was converted into an apartment building in 1986) to Ohavi Zedek Synagogue on North Prospect St. In 2020 and 2021 the Lost Mural is undergoing conservation work. To learn more, visit https://www.lostmural.org/conservation      

Hours and Admission: Open by appointment.                      

Milton Historical Society

Museum, 13 School Street, Milton, VT
Mailing Address: 13 School Street, Milton, VT 05468
Phone: (802) 893-1604 or (802) 734-0758
Contact: Bill Kaigle, President

The society's museum, located in the former Trinity Episcopal Church (circa 1891), houses its collection of permanent and special exhibits documenting Milton's history with maps, books, clothing, photographs, documents, furniture, tools, etc. Timeline of major events with pictures and population graph. Special auto racing and farming exhibits. Follow on Facebook at facebook.com/miltonhistoricalsocietyvt  

Hours and Admission: May-October: Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm or by appointment. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Richmond Historical Society

Old Round Church, 25 Round Church Road, Richmond, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 453, Richmond, VT 05477
Phone: (802) 434-3654
Contact: Fran Thomas, President, DTFT5171@gmavt.net

Constructed in 1812 to service 5 denominations, the church cost $2,305.42 and was paid for by the sale of its pews. The 16-sided building has been restored by the society and is considered one of the most important buildings in the state; it is a National Historic Landmark. Activities include group tours by appointment and summer music programs.

Hours and Admission
Memorial Day - mid-June: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
mid-June to Columbus Day: daily 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; or by appointment

Shelburne Historical Society

5376 Shelburne Rd, Shelburne, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 101, Shelburne, VT 05482
Contact: Dorothea Penar

Meetings normally held the First Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall, lower level (enter through the Pierson Library entrance).

Hours & Admission: Tuesday-Thursday, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please call for appointment to ensure a SHS member is there to assist you.

Underhill Historical Society

Town Hall and #5 School House, 32 Pleasant Valley Rd, Underhill Center, VT
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 153, Underhill Center VT 05490
Contact: Roger Frey, President

Visitors by appointment.

Tiny Museum of Vermont Music History at Big Heavy World

4 Howard Street, #A-8, Burlington, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 428, Burlington, VT 05402
Phone: (802) 865-1140
Contact: James Lockridge, Executive Director

The Tiny Museum presents artifacts and interactive exhibits telling the stories of music made in Vermont, in a space shared by Big Heavy World — Vermont's volunteer-run music office — and 105.9FM The Radiator, a community radio station serving Chittenden County.

Hours & Admission: Wednesday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. Free.

Vermont National Guard Library and Museum

Camp Johnson, 789 Vermont National Guard Rd, Colchester, VT 05446
Mailing Address: Camp Johnson, 789 National Guard Rd, Colchester, VT 05446
Phone: (802) 338-3360
Contact: Richard Lorenz, Lt. Colonel, USAF (RET), President

The mission of the Vermont National Guard Museum and Library is to collect, preserve, manage, interpret, and exhibit the heritage of the State of Vermont and its Veterans of all military services.  Some of items on display include vehicles and Vermont uniforms going back to the 18th century; artifacts from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War One and Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan; Naval and Marine memorabilia; and the Vermont Wall of Heroes honors many Vermonters who distinguished themselves in service to our nation.  In addition to our exhibits we boast a library that contains many books of military and historical significance which are available for research.

Hours and Admission
Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 - 3:00 pm. Admission is free.
The Museum is located on the grounds of Camp Johnson. From Rte. 15 East, immediately past the hospital, bear right just before stoplight to access Camp Johnson entrance. Museum is on the right. Stop at security gate before proceeding to the museum.

Westford Historical Society

Town Office, Westford, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 21, Westford, VT 05494
Phone: (802) 878-8890
Contact: Carolyn Brown, President

The society works on local issues, recording cemeteries and indexing grave inscriptions, rehab of a local covered bridge, as well as documenting the lives of Westford's soldiers. Records can be seen at the town office. Visitors by appointment.

Williston Historical Society

Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Vermont Room, 21 Library Lane, Williston, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 995, Williston, VT 05495
Phone: (802) 879-1533
Contact: Brenda Perkins, President

The society is located in the Vermont Room of the library. On display are local artifacts, including a lap organ given to the society by the family of Governor Thomas Chittenden and a musket collection in the Town Hall.

Hours and Admission: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, or by appointment. Free.

Winooski Historical Society

Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, VT
Mailing Address: 20 Winooski Falls Way, #2, Winooski, VT 05404
Phone: (802)662-4829
Contact: Rita Martel

The Winooski Historical Society contains collections of photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia associated with the history of Winooski. 

Hours and Admission: Monday-Friday:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed major holidays

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