Washington County - Museum Directory

Barre Historical Society

Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite Street, Barre, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 496, Barre, VT 05641

Owner of the Socialist Party Labor Hall National Historic Landmark, 46 Granite Street, Barre. Hall available for rental up to 500 persons. Handicapped accessible. Visitors by appointment.

Town of Berlin Historical Society

Town Hall, 108 Shed Road, Berlin, VT
Mailing Address: c/o Town Hall, 108 Shed Road, Berlin, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 552-8804
Contact: Corinne Stridsberg, President

The society has genealogical material on Berlin residents, and a number of displays. Visitors by appointment.

Cabot Historical Society

West Hill School House, 3216 Main St, Cabot VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 275, Cabot, Vermont 05647
Phone: (802) 563-3396
Contact: Bonnie Dannenberg, President

The society has restored a one-room schoolhouse, as well as another school that was used as a Good Templars' hall. Collections include household furnishings, medical practice materials, tools and farming implements, documents from 1800 to 1920, photographs, and turn of the 20th-century educational materials. Visitors by appointment. Open by appointment.

Calais Historical Society

Calais, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 8, Adamant, VT 05640
Phone: (802) 223-5814
Contact: Gail Graham, President

Visitors by appointment. See the East Montpelier Historical Society website for information on programs.

Duxbury Historical Society

Town Office, VT Route 100, Duxbury, VT
Mailing Address: Duxbury Town Office, VT Route 100, Duxbury, VT 05676
Phone: (802) 244-7558
Contact: Donald Welch, President

Visitors by appointment.

East Montpelier Historical Society

Town Office, East Montpelier Village, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 63, East Montpelier, VT 05651
Phone: (802) 223-6466
Contact: Sandal Cate

The society does not have a physical location, but its collection includes the town history Across the Onion, and publications Revolutionary War Soldiers and Cemeteries of East Montpelier, all of which are available at the town office in East Montpelier village. The society also has a collection of photographs of buildings and life in town. 

Hours and Admission: town office hours by appointment

Fayston Historical Society

Fayston, VT
Mailing Address: 3685 North Fayston Road, Moretown, VT 05660
Phone: (802) 496-2083
Contact: Nicolle Migneault, rmigneault@aol.com

May 1 - December 1: by appointment

Marshfield Historical Society

Hap Hayward History Center, Old Schoolhouse Common
Mailing Address: 122 School Street, Marshfield, VT 05658
Phone: (802) 426-3411
Contact: Jenny Warshow, President

Exhibits of local history collection and programs of area interest. Visitors welcome during weekdays and Saturdays consistent with Jaquith Library hours.

Middlesex Historical Society

5 Church Street, Middlesex, VT
Mailing Address: 5 Church Street, Middlesex, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 272-8074
Contact: Patricia Wiley, President

The society was founded in 1993 and does not yet have a permanent home. In 2006 the society published the first comprehensive written history of the town of Middlesex. Ongoing projects include collecting oral history, photographs, and other items for future display. Visitors by appointment.

Montpelier Historical Society

Montpelier, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 54, Montpelier, VT 05601
Phone: (802) 223-3833
Contact: Jean Balham

The society does not have a museum, but does show its artifacts at occasions in the City Hall first floor lobby, at election days outside the polling areas, and as opportunities arise in local store windows. The society has restored the miniature statehouse that was once located at the Toy Town Cabins on Lower State Street. The model will be on permanent display at Morse Farm Sugar House on County Road in East Montpelier. A variety of Montpelier artifacts are stored locally. Visitors by appointment.

Moretown Historical Society

Memorial Library, Moretown, VT
Mailing Address: 800 South Hill Road, Moretown, VT 05660
Phone: (802) 496-2090
Contact: Denise Gabaree, President

The society is located at the Moretown Memorial Library and is in the process of renovating the building. Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm at the library.

Visitors by appointment. Free.

Northfield Historical Society

Governor Charles Paine House, 75 South Main Street, Northfield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 422, Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-4792, Charles Paine House
Website: www.nhsvt.org

Hours and Admission: Open by appointment with regular hours in the summer; see our website or contact us for the summer hours schedule. Admission is free but donations are graciously accepted.

Plainfield Historical Society

Cutler Memorial Library, High Street, US Route 2, Plainfield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 283, Plainfield, VT 05667
Phone: (802) 454-1177
Contact: David Ferland

Museum is next to the post office along Route VT 12A in the village.

Hours and Admission: July 4th and other seasonal holidays, or by appointment

Sullivan Museum & History Center

Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2183
Contact: John Hart, Director

The Sullivan Museum & History Center welcomes visitors to explore Norwich University's rich 200-year history in a 21st-century, state-of-the-art facility.

Hours and Admission: Admission is free. Open Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Open Saturdays during the academic year 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

T.W. Wood Gallery

46 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 262-6035
Contact: Margaret Coleman, Executive Director

Central Vermont's Museum Dedicated to American Fine Art. Founded in 1895, the T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center houses a large Permanent Collection of artwork. In addition to the works of T.W. Wood (who was a native son of Montpelier, Vermont) and many of his artistic colleagues and contemporaries. The Gallery is also the repository for Vermont's portion of the Federal Works Projects Administration (WPA) collection.

Hours and Admission: Admission is free. Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturdays 12:00-4:00 pm and by appointment.

Vermont Granite Museum of Barre

7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 282, Barre, VT 05641
Phone: (802) 476-4605
Contact: Dr. Scott A. McLaughlin, Executive Director, director@vtgranitemuseum.org

The Vermont Granite Museum of Barre is housed in a 300-foot lon 1895 granite cutting shed. Along the Stevens Branch of the Winooski River, the Museum owns approximately 12 acres of land, consisting of the archaeological remains of the Jones Brothers Company complex and another granite company. The Museum contains exhibits about the hand tools, machines, processes, products, companies, people, and important events that define the heritage of Vermont’s granite industry.

Hours and Admission: Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am to 4pm from early June through mid-October.

Waitsfield Historical Society

General Benjamin Wait House, VT Route 100, Waitsfield, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 816, Waitsfield, VT 05673

The society's home originally belonged to General Benjamin Wait and was moved to its present location in 1830. It was renovated in 1997. The society has offices upstairs and maintains historical exhibits in the downstairs room. The exhibits are changed peiodically and are open to the public when the Wait House is open. The society specializes in oral histories, military artifacts, research materials, genealogies, and photographs (mostly from 1870-1920).

Hours and Admission: Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Warren Historical Society

Blair Barn, 42 Cemetery Rd, Warren, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 337, Warren, VT 05674
Phone: (802) 496-2709
Contact: Leon Bruno, President

The Historical Society has recently restored the Blair Barn, and it now holds artifacts and exhibits depicting Warren and its history.

Waterbury Historical Society

Museum, Waterbury Public Library, 28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 708, Waterbury, VT 05676
Phone: (802) 244-7067
Contact: Brian Harwood, Co-President,(802)244-5331; Theresa Wood, Co-President,(802)244-8087

The museum displays its collections of Civil War memorabilia and articles relating to the history of the area in rooms located above the town library. The building is the former home of Civil War surgeon, Dr. Henry Janes.

Hours and Admission: 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday (closed when Town Offices are closed)

Woodbury Historical Society

Woodbury, VT
Mailing Address: 344 Maple Rd, Calais, VT 05650

Visitors by appointment.

Worcester Historical Society

Old White School, 17 Calais Road, Worcester, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 329, Worcester, VT 05682
Phone: (802) 223-5625
Contact: David Book, President

The society has recently completed major projects to renovate its headquarters building, the 1892 Village School. It organizes a yearly townwide 4th of July celebration, including fireworks, as well as numerous music and fundraising events. A yearly calendar is also available. Visitors by appointment.

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