The Cheshire Covered Bridge

Cheshire Bridge

Today, many of us refer to the Cheshire Bridge as “The Toll Bridge,” which connects Springfield to Charlestown. But what do we know about its history? Below is what I learned. It was about 1760 when Simon Olcott received a … Continued

Miles from Nowhere


Below is a short, fictional story for a book I’m writing titled, “1957 Chester.” In this book I first introduce the characters. Later in the book these characters will interact with each other at Town Meeting, the post office, and … Continued

Between Two Millstones: Sketches of Exile, 1974-1977


CAVENDISH, Vt. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize winning writer and Soviet dissident, spent 18 of his 20 years in exile in Cavendish, Vt. With the publication of “Between Two Millstones: Sketches of Exile, 1974-1977” scholars, as well as interested … Continued

Program to focus on where we came from


BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – An ongoing program that explores how immigrants have shaped our community will continue Saturday, Nov. 3, at noon at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This free talk will give audience members a glimpse of what life … Continued

Introducing Hannah Davis


At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Walpole Town Hall, I will give a talk on antiques in the collection of the Walpole Historical Society. My approach will be to compare items in their collection with other examples … Continued

1864 Railroad wreck


This past Friday, Oct. 19, Danny Clemons and I went to visit cemeteries in Charlestown, N.H. In Hope Hill Cemetery we found an interesting grave for James Allen that read: Locomotive Engineer Killed by RR Collision on the Vt. & … Continued

Frank’s pet deer


At the Chester Historical Society we have a glass plate negative of a spike-horn buck. He’s a small deer and wearing a collar. In the 1916 Vermont Fish & Game annual report is a photo of Frank Clark of Popple … Continued

Remembering Earl Horton

Earl Horton

Those of us who have lived in Chester 60 or more years will remember Earl Horton. Earl ran a radio repair shop in his house located across the street from Lisia’s Market. I went to Earl’s once with my father … Continued

Thirty-six miles of trouble, the West River Railroad


S. LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The West River Trail, whose terminus is the Depot in South Londonderry, may well be Vermont’s oldest transportation path. Native Americans called the West River “Wantastiquet” or “waters of the lonely way,” and the Wantastiquet path … Continued

Vermont recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day


CAVENDISH, Vt. – Starting in 2016, Vermont recognizes the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which coincides with the federal holiday of Columbus Day. “The General Assembly recognizes and values the historic, cultural and contemporary significance of the … Continued

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