A corn husking bee


In the old days, area farmers raised huge quantities of corn. Corn was ground at the local gristmill and used to feed the family and farm animals. In order for corn to dry properly, the husks need to be removed. … Continued

The Underground Railroad in Southern Vermont


Occasionally the subject of Chester’s role in the Underground Railroad is raised. It has been rumored for many years that Pember Hazen’s house has a tunnel that fugitive slaves used. For those who don’t know, Pember’s house is the large … Continued

The 170th anniversary Gage Walk & Talk


CAVENDISH, Vt. – On Sept. 13, 1848, Phineas Gage left his Cavendish boarding house and walked into the annals of medical science. Approximately three-quarters of a mile from where he was staying, Gage was a foreman overseeing the blasting of … Continued

The Town Farm

poor farm

Today town farms are just a memory. But at one time they played an important role. Many Vermont towns had a town farm, or what was previously known as a “Poor Farm.” Town farms were an early form of welfare. … Continued

A $4.5 million dollar nickel


I began collecting coins when I was eight years old. Most coin collectors will be aware of the 1913 Liberty Head or ‘V’ nickel. This is a fascinating story with a local connection so stay with me.   The Liberty … Continued

Amsden village


The Amsden photo with this article is from Ted Spaulding. My mother grew up in Amsden and told me many stories about growing up there. She spoke a lot of Teddy Robinson and the “Panther.”   Last week I went … Continued

Tour the historic houses of Perkinsville

PERKINSVILLE, Vt. – The Weathersfield Historical Society is sponsoring a free, public walking tour of historic houses and buildings in Perkinsville, Vt., Saturday morning Sept. 8, 2018 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain or shine. Meet at the Perkinsville Community … Continued

Women’s Community Club of Grafton finds long-lost box


GRAFTON, Vt. – The Women’s Community Club of Grafton will celebrate 100 years of community, philanthropy, and higher education at a Centennial Gala Aug. 18 with all the fixings. Judy Rowley, the club’s historian, eager to present a little history … Continued

Harvesting corn the old-fashion way

Philip Tiemann

Below is a story written by Philip Tiemann of Cavendish. You may recall previous stories written by Tiemann. He had just moved from the city to Cavendish in 1933 knowing nothing about country life. “To mow the oats I had … Continued

Brothers and sisters


Patricia ‘Richards’ Decatur’s father, Edward N. Richards, wrote a manuscript titled, “Anecdotes of the Richards Family.” Pat’s father was born in 1905 and grew up in the Exeter, New Hampshire area as did Pat. Below are five stories for those … Continued

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