1864 Railroad wreck


This past Friday, Oct. 19, Danny Clemons and I went to visit cemeteries in Charlestown, N.H. In Hope Hill Cemetery we found an interesting grave for James Allen that read: Locomotive Engineer Killed by RR Collision on the Vt. & … Continued

Frank’s pet deer


At the Chester Historical Society we have a glass plate negative of a spike-horn buck. He’s a small deer and wearing a collar. In the 1916 Vermont Fish & Game annual report is a photo of Frank Clark of Popple … Continued

Remembering Earl Horton

Earl Horton

Those of us who have lived in Chester 60 or more years will remember Earl Horton. Earl ran a radio repair shop in his house located across the street from Lisia’s Market. I went to Earl’s once with my father … Continued

Thirty-six miles of trouble, the West River Railroad


S. LONDONDERRY, Vt. – The West River Trail, whose terminus is the Depot in South Londonderry, may well be Vermont’s oldest transportation path. Native Americans called the West River “Wantastiquet” or “waters of the lonely way,” and the Wantastiquet path … Continued

Vermont recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day


CAVENDISH, Vt. – Starting in 2016, Vermont recognizes the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which coincides with the federal holiday of Columbus Day. “The General Assembly recognizes and values the historic, cultural and contemporary significance of the … Continued

Chester’s School District #7


In my collection is an old ledger for Chester’s School District number seven. Chester’s school districts changed their numbers as years went by and populations increased. This ledger begins in 1815 and continues through 1844. First, I’ll give you a … Continued

Bringing up the rear


In the past I have written a couple stories about the Connecticut River Log Drives. Recently, I discovered the photo you see with this article. I recognized it as being a photo from one of the log drives. In Bill … Continued

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

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