A proud Vermonter


Below is a 1900 newspaper clipping I found in a scrapbook kept by Mary Harris. This clipping struck a nerve with me. I imagine it troubled Mary as well, or she wouldn’t have saved it. For as long as I … Continued

Cooking with rhubarb

Kim's 55-year-old rhubarb patch.

Like lilacs, many older homes have a clump or two of rhubarb. Last week, I visited my friend and classmate Kim Kendall. We sat in his barn several feet apart discussing life. No politics. We got to talking about rhubarb … Continued

Erskine’s Feed Store closes


CHESTER, Vt. – After a long line of family history and pride engrained into the store, R.B. Erskine Inc. Grain Store will soon close their doors. Richard “Dick” Erskine came to Chester from Maine in 1939. Dick worked for Park … Continued

Robbins & Marsh


The Chester Historical Society has just purchased an important antique sign. It’s the sign for “Robbins & Marsh.” Philemon H. Robbins built what we know today as Cummings Hardware in 1858. Below is history from the 2011 History of Chester … Continued

Stay-at-Home project for Andover kids

ANDOVER, Vt. – What will Andover residents remember about the COVID-19 emergency over 50 years from now? Will they remember it? Let’s have Andover’s children send a message to the future through artwork and writing. The submissions will be kept … Continued

Old sayings

Two-inch diameter onionskin marble

Vermont of 100 years ago was a much different world than what we have today. Everyone knew everyone in their town. Many were related by birth or marriage. These old Vermonters often overlooked another Vermonter’s transgressions. In many cases we … Continued

BRAM COVID-19 documentation request

LUDLOW, Vt. – Black River Academy Museum is starting a program to document and share stories about the COVID-19 health issue. Collecting stories and memories for future generations to read about is important for the continued story of the history … Continued

DAR American History Contest winner Casey Orzechowski

Casey Orzechowski

LUDLOW, Vt. – Casey Orzechowski of Ludlow is the winner of this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution American History Contest for the Cavendish William-French Chapter. Her essay was titled “The Voyage of the Mayflower.” Casey is the daughter of … Continued

Vermont History Day goes virtual in 2020

REGION – Vermonters can no longer gather in large groups, but that will not stop young history lovers from participating in Vermont History Day, an exciting education program that encourages students to develop research and critical thinking skills through the … Continued

Introducing Russ Warner

Russ Warner

Russ Warner was born in Andover in 1834. He died in Ludlow in 1909. The photo with this article is Russ Warner and was taken circa 1908. It is from Ted Spaulding. This photo is a close-up from a larger … Continued

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