Orleans County Historical Societies

Albany Historical Society

Historic Albany Village School, VT Rte 14, Albany, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 317, Albany, VT 05820
Phone: (802) 755-6105
Contact: Paul Daniels, President. Daniels Farm Road, Irasburg, VT 05845 orfalco43@gmail.com

War Memorial, erected in front of the Old Village School, was made possible by the Society. Collections are being formed, including some school furniture, town reports, pictures and artifacts, even a sleigh, all donated by townspeople. Complete inventory of all burials in seven town cemeteries was completed in 2001. Visitors by appointment.

Charleston Historical Society

Museum Drive, off VT Route 105, West Charleston, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 46, East Charleston, VT 05833
Phone: (802) 723-4833
Richard Colburn, Treasurer

Memorabilia pertaining to Charleston and its inhabitants.

Hours and Admission: June – August: Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, or by appointment

Craftsbury Historical Society

Babcock House Museum, Craftsbury Common, Craftsbury, VT
Website:  townofcraftsbury.com
Email: don_houghton@yahoo.com
Phone: (802) 755-6178
Contact: Don Houghton, President

Hours and Admission: June through mid-October: Wednesday, 10:00 am – noon, Saturday, 10:00 am – noon, or by appointment.

Crystal Lake Falls Historical Association

Pierce House, 97 Water Street, Barton, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 253, Barton, VT 05822
Email: jbrown_428@comcast.net
Phone: (802) 525-3703
Contact: John Brown, president

Photographs and artifacts from Barton’s industries and schools are housed in the 1820s Pierce House. There is also a model of 200-year-old Barton Mill Hill, the “Brick Kingdom” factory site. Activities include summer exhibits. Visitors by appointment.

Derby Historical Society

Museum, Main Street, Derby, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 357, Derby, VT 05829
Email: bill@gardyne-vermont.com
Phone: (802) 766-5324
Bill Gardyne, Secretary

The society has a new musuem in the “Old North Hall” of Derby Academy.  There are eight rooms of exhibits relating to the history of the town including the archives of the Derby Academy.  The first floor is wheelchair accessible.

Hours and Admission: Summer Sunday afternoons and by appointment. Free. Not accessible to the disabled.

Glover Historical Society

Municipal Building, Glover, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 208, Glover, Vt 05839
Website: www.gloverhistoricalsociety.org
Email: gloverhistory@yahoo.com
Phone: (802) 525-6212 or (802) 525-6227 (town clerk)
Joan Alexander, Secretary, joanalex_05839@yahoo.com

The society’s museum is located on the second floor of the municipal building, the former “Leonard homestead.” School photos, Civil War, cellar holes, home photos (then and now), and cemetery lists are some of the items being archived. Genealogy data is being gathered also. Many publications are available for sale. Visitors by appointment. No charge.

Greensboro Historical Society

Museum on Breezy Avenue next to Willey’s Store, Greensboro, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 151, Greensboro, VT 05841
Email: info@greensborohistoricalsociety.org
Phone: (802) 586-6913
Wilhelmina Smith, President

The society resides in the restored library built in 1900 and houses records and artifacts. It is open by request and appointment year round and for an exhibit each summer. The 2007 exhibit is entitled “Shaping Lives: The Grange, 4H, and More.”

Hours and Admission: July – August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, or by appointment

Holland Historical Society

693 Gore Road, Holland, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Derby Line, VT 05830
Phone: (802) 766-5375
Contact: Bea Nelson, Secretary

The museum is housed in the former Congregational church, built in 1848. There are photographs, household furnishings, textiles, farm implements, military artifacts, and church and town memorabilia. Activities include Old Home Day on the first Sunday in August.

Hours and Admission: June – September: by appointment. Free.

Lowell Historical Society

Town Office, Lowell, VT
Mailing Address: 2170 VT Rte 100, Lowell, VT 05847
Phone: (802) 744-6559 or (802) 744-6859
Contact: Sam Thurston

The society was organized in July 1999 in the new town hall. Collections are being formed.

Hours and Admission: by appointment.

Memphremagog Historical Society of Newport

Museum, Emory Hebard State Office Building, 100 Main Street, Newport, VT
Mailing Address: 96 Stagecoach Drive, Newport, VT 05855
Phone: (802) 334-6195
Barbara Malloy, President

The museum has permanent display panels of 19th- and 20th-century photographs of the history of Newport and surrounding towns and Lake Memphremagog, plus an Abenaki culture timeline of the Newport/Lake Memphremagog area from Paleolithic times to the present. There are yearly changing showcases of local history. The society maintains an historical walking tour along Newport’s waterfront and Main Street of 10 landmarks long forgotten — in both English and French. The society offers to the public family genealogy research in the Newport area; a photograph collection; information on the history of Lake Memphremagog, the islands, and steam boats; some Canadian history; and history of the Native Americans in the area. For sale and reference use are 4 books on local cemeteries, as well as 2 local history books by Arcadia Publishing: “Newport and the Northeast Kingdon” and “Around Lake Memphremagog.”

Hours and Admission: Museum: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday mornings; and by chance.

Morgan Historical Society

Todd Pond Road and VT Route 111, Morgan, VT
Mailing Address: PO Box 113, Morgan, VT 05853
Phone: (802) 723-5907
Contact: Beverly May, President

Hours and Admission: July – September: Monday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon or by appointment.

Orleans County Historical Society

Old Stone House Museum, Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT
Mailing Address: 109 Old Stone House Road, Brownington, VT 05860
Website: www.oldstonehousemuseum.org
Email: information@oldstonehousemuseum.org
Phone: (802) 754-2022
Contact: Peggy Day Gibson, Director

The museum is owned and operated by the Orleans County Historical Society, which in 1916 rescued the four-story granite building from demolition and has since used it to display collections of 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century New England furniture, paintings, decorative arts, tools, local folk art, folk technology, and a small research library. There are 23 rooms of permanent exhibits including 11 “town rooms” representing 11 of the 18 towns in the county. Today, the museum complex includes the Samuel Read Hall House (1831), Cyrus Eaton House (c. 1834), the Alexander Twilight Homestead (c. 1830), the Lawrence Barn (c.1840) and Prospect Hill Observatory, and 55 acres of open land. Activities include guided tours of the museum, an annual antique engine show, and Old Stone House Day (Sunday nearest Bennington Battle Day), heritage craft and small scale agricultural workshops, a day camp, and special cultural and educational programs. The museum also provides a variety of educational programs to schools in the region.

Hours and Admission: May 15 – October 15: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Adults $8, Orleans County residents $7, Students $5.

Westfield Historical Society

Hitchcock Memorial Museum & Library, 1275 VT Route 100, Westfield, VT
Mailing Address: 69 Fuller Road, Westfield, VT 05847

This town museum and public library, built in 1899, has exhibit rooms with 19th-century farm tools, furniture, costumes, linens, photographs, rock, butterfly, and coral collections. Visitors by appointment.