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

Local History by Ron Patch: Eat here and get gas

Harry Damon's place circa 1940s. Photo provided

Here’s an interesting photo. It’s the brick house on Route 103 south of Chester that sits close to the road. The photo would date to the 1940s. The house probably dates to the 1820s. When I was a boy, my … Continued

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

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