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

Sons of Temperance


In my collection is a small booklet of the ‘Sons of Temperance.’ It is the Constitution and By-Laws for the Black River Division of Springfield, Vermont. The Black River Division was formed in Springfield on January 12, 1849. This booklet … Continued

Remembering Henry Bond

Henry Bond

For many years from the late 1860s to 1914 Henry Bond was a Chester resident. Bond was a well-respected citizen of the town of Chester and a quiet and unassuming man but who was he? Henry Bond was born in … Continued

Springtime edibles


After a long winter and a cold spring that seemed like it would never end we finally have some pleasant weather. During the winter most people dreamed of the warm spring days and what they would do when spring arrived. … Continued

May 1934


Below is more from Philip Tiemann’s manuscript. In case you’ve forgotten, the Tiemanns’ arrived in Cavendish in 1933. They came from New Jersey during the Depression with little money and no knowledge of country life. They rapidly learned how to … Continued

Spring history walk at Mount Independence

ORWELL, Vt. – On Saturday, May 5, 2018, come to the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vt., for a special preseason guided history walk from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Early May before the leaves are out is the … Continued

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