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

Hard work…little pay

Harry Farrar

Here’s another installment from Bea Farrar’s manuscript. It details Harry and Bea moving back to the farm in 1924. “After we came back to the farm Harry sold off some timber. The man who bought it also bought timber on … Continued

Vermont heritage


Here’s a story I think many of my generation will relate to. Instead of hiring a babysitter my parents took me most everywhere they went. My father and mother had a way of making it fun. I remember going to … Continued

Andover schoolmarm


Recently Peter Farrar loaned me a couple interesting historical items. One item is a 38-page handwritten manuscript. This is an amazing record of early 1900s Andover. It was written by Agnes Beatrice ‘Bea’ Farrar, Peter’s grandmother. The other item Peter … Continued

Delivering the mail

Vera Lundburg

Below is more from Vera Lundburg. Here she describes the mailman’s perils in Andover in the 1930s. Wilt Holt was the mailman she mentions. Much is known about Wilt Holt. The mailman “Occasionally the mailman has an insured package to … Continued

Perils of Pawleen Part 2

Vera Lundburg

Below is another episode from Vera Lundburg’s manuscript. You may recall Eric and Vera Lundburg had moved to Andover from New York in the early 1930s. In this episode Eric had gone to Springfield, Mass. to examine a rare book … Continued

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