Orange County - Museum Directory

Bradford Historical Society

Woods Academy Building, 172 North Main Street, Bradford, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 424 Bradford, VT 05033
Phone: (802) 222-4423
Contact: Lawrence Coffin, President or Meroa Benjamin: 802-222-9621,

There is a museum of local interest in the old Academy Building (1893), now used as the town hall and other offices. Collections include costumes, documents, photographs, schoolbooks, farm tools, and souvenirs of local businesses.

Hours and Admission: April and May: 1st Friday of the month 10:00 am-12:00 pm. June through October: Fridays 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Call to confirm or schedule appointment. The museum is handicapped accessible by elevator.

Braintree Historical Society

Mailing Address: Braintree Hill Meeting House, 2756 Braintree Hill Road, Braintree, VT
Phone: (802) 728-9933
Contact: Janice L. Thresher, Secretary/Treasurer

The society maintains the Braintree Hill Meetinghouse, erected by the Congregational Society in 1845. A museum on the ground floor contains 19th-century farm tools, domestic paraphernalia, town memorabilia, photographs, manuscript materials, and school records. Activities include Old Home Day (1st Sunday in August) and special programs.

Hours and Admission: by appointment and during scheduled events. Free. Access to the museum room is via two steps down.

Brookfield Historical Society

Marvin Newton House, 1131 Ridge Road, Brookfield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 447, Brookfield, VT 05041
Contact: Gary Lord

The house was the home of a Brookfield blacksmith and is now operated as a museum. Collections include costumes, 19th-century home furnishings, locally manufactured articles, photographs, and local ephemera. There are guided tours, an annual ice cream social, and other special events.

Hours and Admission: July - August: Sunday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, or by appointment. Admission $2 donation. Not accessible to the disabled.

Chelsea Historical Society

Museum, 330 VT Route 110, Main Street, Chelsea, VT
Mailing Address: 274 East Randolph Road, Chelsea, VT 05038
Phone: (802) 685-4447
Contact: Ernest Kennedy

The society maintains an 1830 residence with period rooms. There are manuscripts, costumes, memorabilia, and items of local interest.

Hours and Admission: by appointment. Not accessible to the disabled.

Corinth Historical Society

Corinth Academy Museum, 1767 Center Road, Corinth, VT; Society Agriculture and Trades Museum, 601 Village Road, East Corinth, VT
Mailing Address: c/o 2283 Backway Rd, Corinth VT 05039
Phone: (802) 685-3812
Contact: Norm Collette, President

Collections include costumes, documents, photographs, schoolbooks, farm tools, and souvenirs of local businesses. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Hours and Admission:
Academy Museum: July and August: Saturday, 10:00 am - noon.
Trades Museum: Open Labor Day.

Fairlee Historical Society

Town Hall, 75 Town Common Road, Fairlee, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Town Hall, PO Box 95, Fairlee, VT 05045
Phone: (802) 333-4363
Contact: Georgette Wolf-Ludwig, Town Clerk/Curator

The society fosters amateur genealogical and historical research. Its collection includes manuscripts, photos, artifacts, and ephemera concerning Fairlee and Ely (South Fairlee) from 1761 to the present. Visitors by appointment.

Newbury Historical Society

155 Tyler Farm Rd, West Newbury, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 33, Newbury, VT 05051
Phone: (816) 233-7687 or (802) 757-2256
Contact: Hod Symes, President

Newbury Historical Society is a 501-3c organization, managed by a 9 member Board of Directors. Base of operations is a renovated former one-room schoolhouse, where collections are stored, and offers a museum-type display.

Hours and Admission: Visitors by appointment or during Open Houses (third Sundays) in summer months. 

Randolph Historical Society

Museum, 6 Salisbury Street (above police station), Randolph, VT
Mailing Address: 34 Highland Ave Randolph, VT 05060
Phone: (802) 728-9780
Contact: Marie Kittel, or Marilyn Polson, (802) 685-7725,

The museum is located above the police station, across from the post office. Exhibits include printing items, the complete 3-generation (early 1900s) Leonard's Drug Store and soda fountain, barber shop, three period rooms, an early pipe organ, Justin Morgan's gravestone, farm tools, trade signs, band instruments, and bicycles.

Hours and Admission: May - October: 3rd Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm; also open Fourth of July; or by appointment.

Strafford Historical Society

Meeting Room, Brick Store, 1 Brook Rd, The Common, Strafford, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 100, Strafford, VT 05072
Phone: (802) 765-4379
Contact: Stephen Willbanks, President,, (802) 765-4530

The Society was founded in 1955 to preserve the sites, records, relics and related materials pertaining to the history of the town. In 2014, the Mix family leased the entire first floor of the wing of the Brick Store to the society, where they now have space for research, a permanent museum and seasonal events.

Hours and Admission: May 1-October 12: Sundays 2:00-4:00 pm, Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  Admisssion is free.

Thetford Historical Society

Historical Library: Bicentennial Building, 16 Library Road, Thetford, VT ;Charles & Fannie Hughes Barn Museum: 2274 VT Route 113, Thetford, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 33, Thetford, VT 05074

The society maintains two sites. The library contains about 4500 volumes, 100 linear feet of manuscripts, photographs, portraits, and small artifacts. The museum contains agricultural implements, craft and domestic tools, store and post office fittings, all housed in a barn and three smaller buildings.

Hours and Admission:
Historical Library(year-round):  Monday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm; Tuesday 10:00 am - noon; Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Museum: Sundays in August, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

Topsham Historical Society

6 Harts Rd, Topsham, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 64, East Topsham, VT 05076
Phone: (802) 439-6339
Contact: Bill Hodge, President

There is no established museum; some collections housed at Town Clerk's office. Events are announced at meetings held the third Thursday of each month. Visitors by appointment.

Tunbridge Historical Society

Tunbridge, VT
Mailing Address: 24 The Crossroad, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Phone: (802) 889-3458
Contact: Euclid Farnham, President

The society promotes Tunbrdige's history through preservation of artifacts and documents, research, and field trips. Public programs are held in the spring, summer, and fall. Past projects include Tunbridge Village Historic District highway signs, historic building date signs, and signs for 20 town cemeteries. Visitors by appointment.

Vershire Historical Society

Town Center Building, Vershire, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 41, Vershire, VT 05079
Phone: (802) 685-3897 or (802) 333-9296
Contact: Gary Goodrich, President or Rita French, Curator

The society has recently (2007) moved into the first floor addition of the Town Center Building in Vershire. They are working on displays and on a library of Vermont and local history. They are also working on digitizing files and photos.

West Fairlee Historical Society

Community Building, 894 VT Rte 113, West Fairlee, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 163, West Fairlee, VT 05083
Phone: (802) 333-9659 (Bonnie Cray)
Contact: Doug Sonsalla, President

Visitors by appointment.

Williamstown Historical Society

Museum, 2476 VT Route 14, Main Street, Williamstown, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 338, Williamstown, VT 05679
Phone: (802) 433-5565
Contact: Becky Watson, President

A Museum with over 2000 artifacts showing the past, present and future of Williamstown, VT. Located in a church building built in the early 1800s in the center of town. The Museum is supported with town funds and private memberships.

Hours and Admission: by appointment. Work hours on Tuesday mornings, May-October. Free. Upstairs not accessible to the disabled.

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