Modern logging tech


  In the past I have written several stories about logging in the old days with horses or oxen. Below is what I witnessed last week. My property on Rt-11 is bordered by about 100 acres owned by Steve Pixley. … Continued

Bill Blake & Rag paper part 2

rag paper

  A couple weeks ago I wrote part one of Bill Blake’s printing and publishing business in Bellows Falls. In that article I mentioned Blake making rag paper. Below is how he made his paper. Blake’s paper was made from … Continued

Collecting antique postcards


  In the past I have written a couple articles regarding postal history. One article was about Stampless covers; the other was printed advertising envelopes. Another category of postal history is antique postcards. There are too many categories of postcards … Continued

Bill Blake & Antiques Roadshow

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Back in early April I was watching a new episode of Antiques Roadshow. One appraiser was appraising a book published by Blake and Bailey of Bellows Falls. That book was a Mormon hymnal published in 1844. It was appraised at … Continued

Chester Historical Society estate sale a huge success

CHESTER, Vt. – The Antiques Estate Sale held at the Chester Historical Society on May 27 was a huge success. Buyers came from miles around to shop this sale. Many antiques, the likes of which aren’t often seen, were hurriedly … Continued

Electrical work for Chester Hearse House almost finished

hearse house

CHESTER, Vt. – Non-profit Chester Townscape was delighted when Steve Mancuso of Chester Electric volunteered the labor for all the electrical work to be done on the Hearse House – the building located opposite Chester’s Village Green that formerly housed … Continued

Indians, Mexicans & Ludlow, VT.


Below is a handwritten letter in the collection of the Chester Historical Society. It is dated December 18, 1887. It was written by a son of Byron H. Butterfield of Ludlow. I have copied the letter as it was written … Continued

Shedding light on Vermont’s sometimes dark past


REGION – The Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is hosting two evening events at the State Archives in Middlesex to provide history and insight into the sometimes challenging … Continued

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