Celebrating the history of North Chester

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North Chester, Stone Village, celebrates its history Sept. 7. Photo provided

CHESTER, Vt. – On Saturday, Sept. 7, the First Universalist Parish of Chester, Terrigenous Landscape Architecture, and Chester Townscape will be hosting a community event to celebrate the history of North Chester, locally known as the Stone Village. Join us at the Stone Church, 211 North St. in Chester, from 1 to 3 p.m., for some music performed by Julane Deener, refreshments, and presentations.

The event will kick off at 1 p.m. with a dedication of three elm trees that were recently planted. From 1:30-2:30 p.m., local architectural historian Hugh Henry will present a collection of vintage Chester photographs, talk about the history of the town, and share stories from the 1800s. At 2:30 p.m., Brian Post, the executive director of the Stone Trust in Dummerston, will talk about the use of historic mortars and construction of the stone buildings. Just before 3 p.m., to conclude the event we will be acknowledging the new historic marker established in the front of the church to honor the Stone Village community.

Over the last few years, Terrigenous Landscape Architecture and members of the town have been working together on several projects around Chester planting trees and gardens, installing benches, renovating the streetscape, and creating recreational spaces. The purpose of this year’s event is not only to shine some light on our history, but also to thank the members of our community and their collaborative effort to enhance the experience of our residents, support our local businesses, and preserve the unique charm of what is Chester. Let’s get together and celebrate our Vermont roots!

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