Weston’s Old Parish Church


Of the many old photos Ted Spaulding has recently donated to the Chester Historical Society the photo with this article stood out. Written on the negative is, “Town Hall Weston VT. Tower painted by Steeple Jack Marshall 1932.” First I’ll … Continued

The history of Londonderry’s schoolhouses


LONDONDERRY, Vt. – In the 1860s Londonderry was comprised of 13 districts, each having its own schoolhouse. There was a certain amount of rivalry between the north and south villages, and each had their own grammar and high schools. These … Continued

A Charlestown Fiddle-box


A couple weeks ago, I bought a collection of old violins and violin bows. Only one violin was in a case. Inside the case I found a handwritten note stating the case was made by George S. Bond of Charlestown, … Continued

Taxes or jail


For some time now Ted Spaulding has been donating Chester artifacts to the Chester Historical Society. Ted’s family has had a presence in the Chester area well before 1900. Recently Ted handed over to me a large collection of postcards, … Continued

Mapping Brookside Cemetery Part 2


Last week, I introduced you to the Brookside Cemetery project my son Shawn is working on. The process Shawn laid out the rows of graves with red flags. Each flag had a number assigned beginning with number one. Volunteers worked … Continued

CHS mapping Brookside Cemetery

Brookside Cemetery

As most know, I am the president of the Chester Historical Society. A few will know that my son Shawn is an archaeologist. Shawn lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Paula, and his two daughters, Josie and Samantha. … Continued

Who was John Butler?

John Butler

Most anyone living in Chester in the 1960s will remember John Butler. I doubt there is anyone alive today who knew John better than Bob Ulbrich. Bob wrote a number of his memories of John Butler. Below are a few … Continued

An 1873 walking tour


Let’s take a walking tour of downtown Chester using a circa 1873 photograph. Some of the 1873 buildings remain today; others are gone or were built after 1873. Tom Hildreth assigned numbers from 1 through 17 to help guide you … Continued

Miles to go before I sleep


  A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Cynthia and Fred Taylor of Apex, North Carolina. The Taylors had bought a pair of marble Civil War gravestones for two Chester boys at an auction in Ramseur, N.C. and wanted … Continued

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