District 20 Schoolhouse


Below is a brief history of the stone schoolhouse at the end of School Street in Chester. It was built in the summer of 1848. In my collection is a 20th School District Clerk’s ledger beginning Sept. 24, 1847. These … Continued

Nathaniel Fullerton

Nathaniel Fullerton albumen and tintype historic photographs

Last week I wrote some on the subject of antique photography. That article was about ambrotypes. In that article, I mentioned the ambrotype was replaced with the tintype in the 1860s. From my collection are the two photos you see … Continued

Antique photographs

A cased ambro with lace and watch paper

One of my areas of expertise is antique photography. I have studied and dealt in antique photography over 40 years. The camera was invented in 1839 with the daguerreotype. The ambrotype photograph replaced the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s. Many of … Continued

The Great Depression


I think most of us will know about the Great Depression of the 1930s. Living in the country had advantages over living in the city. If you lived in Vermont in the 1930s, you might have lost your savings or … Continued

Deck the hall…

Town Hall

The restoration of Chester Town Hall is moving along rapidly. In the next few weeks the new floor will be completed. It really looks nice upstairs. The interior window casings are painted a darker color making them jump out from … Continued

It’s a small world

Shawn Patch

DALLAS – Ron Patch’s son, Shawn Patch, is an archaeologist with New South Associates in Greensboro, N.C. Last week in Dallas, Texas, there was held The Society for American Military Engineers Small Business Conference. This was a show where vendors … Continued

Vermont Big Game Records

big game

Well, here we are again, deer season. While I no longer hunt, I do keep my rifle ready. I do see deer in the field, but nothing yet with horns. The deprivation continues. A few years ago, I was contacted … Continued

The migraine


The Chester Historical Society has been gifted Bud Nadeau’s collection of Bartonsville diaries and photos. The diaries date from 1884 to 1915. While not a complete run, it is substantial. I’ve had migraine headaches for years. The pounding headache and … Continued

Why we collect


I think most Americans have a need to collect things. What we collect depends on our life experiences, knowledge, and our interests. The photo with this article is of two hand-blown glass eggs in my collection. In the old days, … Continued

The 1898 blizzard


Last week, I wrote about the Willard snowplow and the 1898 blizzard. Some of that history came from Mary Harris. Mary kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings she found interesting. She has four pages of clippings concerning the blizzard. Not … Continued

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