Essex & Orleans County - Museum Directory
Albany Historical Society
War Memorial, erected in front of the Old Village School, was made possible by the Society. Collections are being formed, including some school furniture, town reports, pictures and artifacts, even a sleigh, all donated by townspeople. Complete inventory of all burials in seven town cemeteries was completed in 2001. Visitors by appointment.
Bread & Puppet Museum
The Bread & Puppet Museum is a 100-foot long old barn filled to the brim with puppets and masks of all sizes ranging from six-inch cardboard cutouts to eighteen-foot tall giants. All are the result of the over 50 years work of Bread & Puppet Theater. The museum is a "theatrum mundi", a unified yet diverse creation rather than a collection of separate objects. It mirrors an immense, colorful world informed and shaped by an extra-ordinary vision and encompassing the big and little, light and dark, celestial and demonic creatures of our existence and imagination.
Hours and Admission: June through October: daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Admission is free, donations welcome.
Canaan Historical Society
The society occupies the second floor of a Greek Revival building constructed in 1846 for a stop on the Franklin, New Hampshire to Montreal stage route. Local legends persists that the house was used as an Underground Railroad resting place, but no documentation has ever been found to verify this. Canaan's museum, lacking volunteers, is always open whenever the library is open, six days a week, for self-guided tours. Guided tours can be arranged by contacting the curator. During the summer months, the antique logging tool exhibit in the carriage house is open by chance or by appointment.
Hours and Admission: Open by appointment, call Dennis Fuller (802-266-3989) or Sally Masson (802-266-8679)
Charleston Historical Society
Memorabilia pertaining to Charleston and its inhabitants.
Hours and Admission: June - August: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment
Concord Historical Society
Rooms in the museum contain a replica of a local doctor's office and smoking room, an old post office, and schoolroom. Collections include household furnishings, tools, clothing, toys, and items from local businesses.
Hours and Admission: Annual Open House Weekend on the last full weekend in September, or by appointment. Admission by donation. Accessible displays are setup during the Open House Weekend, but the museum is not accessible to the disabled.
Craftsbury Historical Society
Hours and Admission: June through mid-October: Wednesday, 10:00 am - noon, Saturday, 10:00 am - noon, or by appointment.
Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association
Photographs and artifacts from Barton's industries and schools are housed in the 1820s Pierce House. There is also a model of 200-year-old Barton Mill Hill, the "Brick Kingdom" factory site. Activities include summer exhibits.
Hours and Admission: Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm, June-August, or by appointment.
Derby Historical Society
The society has a new musuem in the "Old North Hall" of Derby Academy. There are eight rooms of exhibits relating to the history of the town including the archives of the Derby Academy. The first floor is wheelchair accessible.
Hours and Admission: Summer Sunday afternoons and by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.
Glover Historical Society
The society's museum is located on the second floor of the municipal building, the former "Leonard homestead." School photos, Civil War, cellar holes, home photos (then and now), and cemetery lists are some of the items being archived. Genealogy data is being gathered also. Many publications are available for sale. Visitors by appointment. No charge.
Greensboro Historical Society
The society resides in the restored library built in 1900 and in an attached new barn. A permanent exhibit tells the early history of Greensboro through the Hill Family homestead. An annual exhibit in the library building highlights varied facets of Greensboro history.
Hours and Admission: July - August only: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30 am - 2:30 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, or by appointment
Holland Historical Society
The museum is housed in the former Congregational church, built in 1848. There are photographs, household furnishings, textiles, farm implements, military artifacts, and church and town memorabilia. Activities include Old Home Day on the first Sunday in August.
Hours and Admission: June - September: by appointment. Free.
Island Pond Historical Society
The historical society occupies the second floor of the restored railway station. There are permanent displays of photographs, railroad memorabilia, 19th-century clothing and uniforms, lumbering tools, local newspapers, and Odd Fellows memorabilia.
Hours and Admission: July - September: Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, or by appointment.
Lowell Historical Society
The society was organized in July 1999 in the new town hall. Collections are being formed.
Hours and Admission: by appointment.
Lunenburg Historical Society
The society's collection includes many books, documents, and photographs pertaining to the history of Lunenburg and its residents. Visitors by appointment.
Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport
The museum has permanent display panels of 19th- and 20th-century photographs of the history of Newport and surrounding towns and Lake Memphremagog, plus an Abenaki culture timeline of the Newport/Lake Memphremagog area from Paleolithic times to the present. There are yearly changing showcases of local history. The society maintains an historical walking tour along Newport's waterfront and Main Street of 10 landmarks long forgotten — in both English and French. The society offers to the public family genealogy research in the Newport area; a photograph collection; information on the history of Lake Memphremagog, the islands, and steam boats; some Canadian history; and history of the Native Americans in the area. For sale and reference use are 4 books on local cemeteries, as well as 2 local history books by Arcadia Publishing: "Newport and the Northeast Kingdon" and "Around Lake Memphremagog."
Hours and Admission: Museum: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday mornings; and by chance.
Missisquoi Valley Historical Society
The museum is housed in a mid-19th-century building that was first a blacksmith shop and then a church. Collections are of 19th-century textiles, costumes, household furnishings, farm tools, and photographs.
Hours and Admission: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm and by appointment. Free.
Morgan Historical Society
Hours and Admission: July - September: Monday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or by appointment.
Orleans County Historical Society at the Old Stone House Museum
The museum is owned and operated by the Orleans County Historical Society, which in 1916 rescued the four-story granite building from demolition and has since used it to display collections of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century New England furniture, paintings, decorative arts, tools, local folk art, folk technology, and a small research library. There are 23 rooms of permanent exhibits including 11 "town rooms" representing 11 of the 18 towns in the county. Today, the museum complex includes the Samuel Read Hall House (1831), Cyrus Eaton House (c. 1834), the Alexander Twilight Homestead (c. 1830), the Lawrence Barn (c.1840) and Prospect Hill Observatory, and 55 acres of open land. Activities include guided tours of the museum, an annual antique engine show, and Old Stone House Day (Sunday nearest Bennington Battle Day), heritage craft and small scale agricultural workshops, a day camp, and special cultural and educational programs. The museum also provides a variety of educational programs to schools in the region.
Hours and Admission: May 15 - October 15: Wednesday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Adults $6, Orleans County residents $5, Students $3.
Westfield Historical Society
This town museum and public library, built in 1899, has exhibit rooms with 19th-century farm tools, furniture, costumes, linens, photographs, rock, butterfly, and coral collections. Visitors by appointment.