Local History: Calendar correction

The 405 with Vermont Minerals in the background that burned in 1955. Photo provided by Chester Historical Society

The 2022 Chester Historical Society calendars are now available. They are for sale at Erskine’s, Salon 2000, Stone House Antiques Center, Chester Hardware, Smitty’s, Blair Books & More, and The Framery of Vermont. No one likes to admit a mistake, … Continued

Local History: Thanksgiving memories

1908 Tuck's Thanksgiving postcard. Photo provided

Well here we are again, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. When I was growing up, there were five of us kids and Ma and Dad. Our dining room table could easily seat six people, but at Thanksgiving there were always guests … Continued

Local History: The Stewart place

Ron with his rifle and coyote. Photo provided

Being deer season I got to recalling some of my deer hunting experiences. I have some wonderful memories of hunting in Mount Holly and Shrewsbury with Dad and my brother Brian. The old Stewart place comes to mind. Along Mount … Continued

Local History: Chester Historical Society calendar

The first Catholic Church in Chester. Photo provided by Chester Historical Society

The 2022 Chester Historical Society calendars are here. The photo with this article is one of the photos included. They are available at Framery of Vermont, Salon 2000, Erskines, Smitty’s, Blair Books & More, Chester Hardware, and Stone House Antiques … Continued

Local History: The Yale Forest

Left to right Steve Michel, Craig Fortier, Bob Brandt, Dennis Devereux, Michele Brandt, and Maria Fortier. Photo by Ron Patch

Recently, I wrote about Belmont Cider Days. In that article I mentioned my father spending summers in Belmont when he was a boy with his grandfather, traveling the area together hunting and fishing. I also mentioned Dad taking me to … Continued

Local History: Cambridgeport stone ruins

The woolen mill as it was built in 1836

Many will know the old stone ruins in Cambridgeport. Several readers contacted me with photos or information they had. From Lyman Hayes’ “1907 History of Rockingham” “In 1836 Earl & Campbell, who owned the woolen mill at Saxtons River, went … Continued

Local History: Shrooming and short stories

Burgess Cemetery Road in Grafton

I’ve been writing weekly articles for The Vermont Journal and The Shopper for many years now. I like to write on weekends. Sometimes I get caught up in life and find myself pinched for time. This week’s article is one … Continued

Local History: Belmont Cider Days

Frank Patch on left with white hat. His son Donald front row next to last on right

Many of my White family ancestors are buried in Belmont. In the 1920s, my father Arnold spent his summers in Belmont with his grandfather Frank Patch. Frank lived in a small log cabin he built on Tiffany Road. My father … Continued

Local History: Ridin’ with Danny

Derrick at Bellows Falls

This past Saturday, Danny Clemons and I went to the postcard show up in Quechee. We got off I-91 at exit 9, then up to Hartland Three Corners. We continued through Hartland Four Corners out to Route 4. Ever hear … Continued

Local History: Reflections

Covered bridge near the gristmill and North Street

I think most readers will know I’m an antiques dealer. This profession was the best decision I ever made. I get to handle and collect interesting, sometimes historical, artifacts. One of my favorite subjects to collect is real photo postcards. … Continued

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