Rare 1848 map


It was several years ago when we discovered an old map stashed away in a closet at the Chester Historical Society. It was poorly framed and in poor condition. The map is signed, “W.R. Sill, 1848” and measures 16”x20”. 1848 … Continued

The attic


This is a story that requires an introduction. The Interstate highway system removed barriers that had kept Vermont isolated from the rest of New England. In 1969 Interstate-91 went only as far as White River Junction. At that time in … Continued

A flag and a fire


In the photos Ted Spaulding recently donated to the Chester Historical Society are a couple exceptional photos. These photos belonged to Ted’s father Ed. There are a couple photos that I would classify as rare. The photo with this article … Continued

A sunny winter day


Sunday morning, December 17th, I headed out for another hike in the snow covered woods. As I went up through my field I noticed I was following my shadow. Looking down at my shadow in the snow I thought, “Glad … Continued

Why I love Vermont

During the snowstorm of December 12, I decided to go hiking in the woods. Here I attempt to describe what I heard and saw. First you’ll notice the snow is coming straight down, there is no wind. As you work … Continued

Early Christmas memories in Chester


CHESTER, Vt. – In the past I have written one of my favorite first grade Christmas memories. That was when Hessie had pulled a sleigh through the snow-covered playground at Chester Elementary School. That was in 1957. I remember Mrs. … Continued

Spencer Hollow Schoolhouse


SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, was an open house at the Spencer Hollow schoolhouse just off Route-143 in Springfield. Having never been in this building before, this reporter is very happy to have gone. The name, “Spencer Hollow,” … Continued

The tale of a silver spoon


LUDLOW, Vt. – Last week I was contacted by a couple in Maine who found an article online that I had written last April regarding B.M. Bailey, a Ludlow silversmith. The reach I have with the Journal/Shopper continues to amaze … Continued

Yosemite Firehouse


One of Chester’s more interesting buildings is the old Yosemite Firehouse in the Depot. The Chester Historical Society was deeded this firehouse some 40 years ago by Pember Hazen. For 40 years the historical society kept power to the building … Continued

1938 Hurricane in Cavendish


Below is an eyewitness account of the 1938 Hurricane and the damage done in Cavendish, Vermont. It was written by Peter Farrar’s grandfather, Philip Tiemans, who owned ‘Windy Hill’ in Cavendish. Ann mentioned is Peter’s mother. Windy Hill, Sept. 25, … Continued

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