Local History by Ron Patch: Barn tag

Spruce trees for rafters. Right foreground is the built-in wooden ladder. Notice round rungs replaced with boards. Photo provided

Here’s another story from Lee Kendall. My generation always found ways to entertain ourselves and in the process learned cause and effect. I think it’s important these stories be recorded. If you have any such stories, please contact me. I … Continued

Local History: Chester Depot

Chester Depot showing milk platform. Photo provided by Ron Patch

For 150 years Chester Depot has been photographed hundreds of times. At the Chester Historical Society, we have many photos of the Depot taken from different angles and time periods. Up until the 1950s, the Depot was a beehive of … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Boyhood memories

Left to right: Dana, Kim, and Lee Kendall. Photo provided

  Here’s another story by Lee Kendall. I remember, do you? One of my lifelong ideas of fun was set in my brain the first time dad introduced me and my brothers to trout fishing. We came up from Florida … Continued

Local History: Abenaque Machine Works

Abenaque Machine Works tractor. Photo provided by Ron Patch

I emailed the photo you see with this article to Ted Spaulding and Danny Clemons to see what they might know. Ted has the book, “Encyclopedia of American Tractors” by C.H. Wendel. Danny found some history online. Encyclopedia of American … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Do you know?

Cambridgeport mill ruins today. Photo provided by Tom Hildreth

I’m looking for some history that so far eludes me. I’m hoping a reader can help me out. Cambridgeport Over in Cambridgeport stand the ruins of the old stone woolen mill. These stone ruins have stood for decades. When was … Continued

Local History: The Island House of Bellows Falls

The Island House in Bellows Falls. Photo provided by Ron Patch

Here’s a selection from Lyman Hayes’ 1929 book, “The Connecticut River Valley of Southern Vermont and New Hampshire.” I found his description of the grounds and gardens just wonderful. Island House was destroyed by fire Aug. 14, 1907. “Until a … Continued

Local History: Crowley Cheese Factory

A farmer delivery his milk to Crowley's

As I get older, I often find myself reminiscing about the old days. One of my early memories is the Crowley Cheese Factory in Healdville. My father first took me there over 60 years ago. To a young boy, the … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Stonewall panthers

Scarface in Lee's hand. Something else bit Lee's thumb off. Photo provided

I have an abundance of stonewall panthers this summer, aka chipmunks. This is something new at my place. I’ve always had dozens of snakes. The snakes kept the panther population in check, but in recent years my snakes have disappeared, … Continued

Local History by Ron Patch: Allie Hawkes

Chester Boot Shop showing the intersection of Main, Depot and Grafton streets. Photo provided

Allie Hawkes was born in Chester in 1884, living ‘til 1970. Allie had been Chester town manager. Thankfully, he recorded some of his early Chester memories. In 1987 Martha Bessey made notes in the margins of Allie’s typewritten histories. Martha’s … Continued

Van Diemen’s Land

1843 Whig Standard on Van Dieman's Land. Photo provided

Frank Bidwell found this article in the Dec. 14, 1843 Whig Standard at the Library of Congress. The Whig Standard was a daily newspaper in Washington, D.C. I suggest you read the Whig newspaper article from Frank first, and then … Continued

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