Limited letterpress print of Whiting Library


CHESTER, Vt. – Whiting Library is pleased to offer a limited edition letterpress print of the Whiting Library. The image used for the print is from a plate in the library’s archive dating to around 1900. The original engraved plate … Continued

The Gill Odd Fellows Home


Below is history of the Gill Home that I found in an 1899 Vermont Tribune. I found it in a special souvenir supplement to the Vermont Tribune newspaper. I should explain about Mr. Gill being a dyer and what that … Continued

The G.N. French Carriage Company


Some will remember Henry and Ernestine Lake of Grafton. Like me, Henry was an antiques dealer. Henry dealt in antique oil lamps, tools, and primitives. One thing Henry always wanted to buy was a French Company buggy or sleigh manufactured … Continued

Cummings Hardware Store


In my earliest memories, I remember Marvin Cummings running the hardware store in Chester Depot. Recently, I found an April 1955 Springfield Reporter that has a story about Marvin Cummings buying the E.J. Davis Hardware Store. Below I reprint that … Continued

The Cheshire Covered Bridge

Cheshire Bridge

Today, many of us refer to the Cheshire Bridge as “The Toll Bridge,” which connects Springfield to Charlestown. But what do we know about its history? Below is what I learned. It was about 1760 when Simon Olcott received a … Continued

Miles from Nowhere


Below is a short, fictional story for a book I’m writing titled, “1957 Chester.” In this book I first introduce the characters. Later in the book these characters will interact with each other at Town Meeting, the post office, and … Continued

Between Two Millstones: Sketches of Exile, 1974-1977


CAVENDISH, Vt. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Nobel Prize winning writer and Soviet dissident, spent 18 of his 20 years in exile in Cavendish, Vt. With the publication of “Between Two Millstones: Sketches of Exile, 1974-1977” scholars, as well as interested … Continued

Program to focus on where we came from


BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – An ongoing program that explores how immigrants have shaped our community will continue Saturday, Nov. 3, at noon at the Rockingham Free Public Library. This free talk will give audience members a glimpse of what life … Continued

Introducing Hannah Davis


At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Walpole Town Hall, I will give a talk on antiques in the collection of the Walpole Historical Society. My approach will be to compare items in their collection with other examples … Continued

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