Farrar family reunion

CHESTER, Vt. – Attention all descendants of George and Myrta (Fuller) Farrar of Chester, Vt. Mark your calendars now for Saturday, Aug. 17 for a family reunion and get together at the American Legion Post in Chester, from 11 a.m. … Continued

Timber-frame history


  Hand-hewn beams An adz, for those not familiar with them, resembles a grub-hoe but has a curved, very sharp blade and an offset handle. Hand-hewn beams were a labor-intensive process and could be dangerous. First, a scoring ax was used. … Continued

A Jeffrey barn plan


The Chester town-owned property commonly referred to today as the Jeffrey barn needs to be torn down. I have a plan for this property. Here I propose a few things that could be done immediately for very little money using … Continued

The 1889 Merrill Stevens barn


The Chester Select Board has been discussing tearing down the Merrill Stevens/Jeffrey barn. I thought I should record here what I know about the barn and the brick silo before they are lost. Cunrad Merritt and Ted Spaulding helped me … Continued

Salmon pea wiggle


Today, we have refrigerators to keep our food from spoiling. In the old days, keeping foods fresh was difficult. To my knowledge it wasn’t until the 1860s when the first ice-chests appeared. These ice-chests resemble an antique carpenter’s toolbox. Ice … Continued

The old sage


Last week Ted Spaulding and I made a trip to Weston. Ted lived in Weston from 1937 to 1941 with his ancestors living there long before him. The Patches were also early settlers in Weston. Both families would have known … Continued

Vermont State Historic Sites Open for the Season

REGION – On Saturday, May 25, seven Vermont state-owned historic sites will open their doors for the 2019 season. This exceptional collection of sites is comprised of more than 80 historic structures and hundreds of acres of forest and farmland. … Continued

Bea gets married


Bea and Harry Farrar were married in 1916. Below is her account. “Some weekends I spent at the George Farrar farm. This was the home of Harry Farrar. He had been my teacher at Normal School. He had several brothers … Continued

Fifth annual Antiques and Collectibles Appraisal Day

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will hold its fifth annual Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Day Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2019, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt. Six appraisers, specialists in their fields will … Continued

Hard work…Part 2


Last week Bea Farrar wrote about the boy Charles being shot. Below is the rest of the story. “I hustled the children into the house, grabbed some clean white cloth for cuts etc., put on a rain cape and with … Continued

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