BY DONNA ALLEN
The Vermont Journal
CHESTER, Vt. – The Chester Historical Society convened on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the Academy Building. President Ron Patch called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. The minutes were approved. The Treasurers report was accepted.
The Historical Society plans for The Chester 250th Celebration were discussed. A cemetery tour will be offered on Sunday, July 17 at Brookside Cemetery. The tour will include some of Chester’s earliest settlers and Revolutionary soldiers. The Historical Society needs people to sit at the Academy Building, as the Historical Museum will be open.
The August 12th Gala Reception, another major event, was discussed. All rooms of the society will be open for viewing and will showcase many artifacts not previously seen. Erik Johansson will provide his superb music on the front lawn of the Academy Building. Erik plays the harp, classical guitar and German lute. Mark Verespy of Killarney’s in Ludlow will cater the event. He will also provide wine. There will be cheese and crackers in every room of the Academy where there are displays. Plan to settle in on the lawn, eat from a delicious menu of edibles and enjoy one of the local community’s treasures.
Other plans were made to exhibit the Societies collection of antique farm implements. These include: a winnowing machine, butter churns, butter workers and the like.
Robert Miller, publisher of the Vermont journal and The Shopper made a significant donation to the Historical Society yard sale. He will bring it on Sunday, June 26. Included in the truck load of items is a very large and ornate brass chandelier that used to hang in the Bellows Falls Opera House.
An executive session to discuss the Yosemite Fire House will be held this week at the convenience of the Executive board.
The next meeting will be held July 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The meeting adjourned. Patch’s special slideshow of old Chester photos followed the meeting. These slides always bring out are lots of comments and are enjoyed by all. Of special interest were three slides showing the first, second and third hotels at the current site of the Fullerton Inn. The first hotel at this location was built in the 1700s and was known as The American House (see the photo with this article)
Refreshments followed the slideshow.