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Historical Museum Guide for Vermont

A directory of Historical Museums in Vermont, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Vermont?  A visit to these Vermont history museums and historic sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum in Vermont and step back into the history of early Vermont people and the way they lived.

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Addison County

Bristol Historical Society Museum

Housed in the Howden Hall Community Center on Main Street in Bristol, VT.

Chimney Point State Historic Site

Exhibits depict the history of early peoples who have inhabited this historic point on Lake Champlain.  From Native Americans through the French Colonial occupation and all the way to the early American settlers, visitors will learn about the history of this place which has seen human habitation for over 7500 years.  Located at 7305 VT Route 125 in Addison, VT.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History

Bearing the prestige of being the oldest chartered community history museum in the US, the museum was created in 1882.  The museum features 3 parts which are devoted to the understanding of Vermont's past.  The Henry Sheldon Museum is located at 1 Park Street in downtown Middlebury, VT.

  1. The three story brick Federal style Judd-Harris House was built in 1829 and features objects depicting small town life in nineteenth century Vermont.  The museum began in 1882 as the Sheldon Art and Archaeological Museum and Historical Society.

  2. The Steward-Swift Research Center holds an archival collection documenting the history of Middlebury, Addison County and Vermont.  The research center is considered one of the top research collections in the state of Vermont.

  3. The Walter Cerf Gallery features historically themed exhibits and art exhibits of work by contemporary Vermont artists and craftspeople.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

[Lake Champlain Maritime Museum on Facebook]

The museum features the maritime history of Lake Champlain in Vermont.  Visitors will learn about historic shipwrecks, step aboard a replica 1776 gunboat (the Philadelphia II) which is docked on the Lake Champlain waterfront, learn about the Native Americans and early French explorers of Lake Champlain and see many boats on display.  Located at 4472 Basin Harbor Road in Vergennes, VT.

Mount Independence

Once a grand fort serving troops in the Revolutionary War, the Visitors Center tells the story of military life at Mount Independence and features the artifacts discovered in the archaeological digs.  There are still many trails connecting the remains of this Revolutionary War fort.  Located at 497 Mount Independence Road in Orwell, VT.

Rokeby Museum

[Robinson Family Tree]

The Rokeby historic site was once one of the most prosperous farms in the Champlain Valley.  Settled by Thomas and Jemima Robinson, young Quaker émigrés from Newport, RI, the site today, features the Robinson house and 8 outbuildings.  The home is completely furnished with family belongings, spanning over 200 years of history.  Located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, VT.

Vermont Folklife Center

The Vermont Folklife Center is focused on the preservation and presentation of the cultural traditions of Vermont and the surrounding area.  Located at 88 Main Street in Middlebury, VT.

 

Bennington County

American Museum of Fly Fishing

Devoted to the history, heritage and culture of fly fishing, the museum features historic artifacts and items related to the sport of fly fishing.  Located at 4104 Main Street in Manchester, VT.

Bennington Battle Monument

Dedicated to the Revolutionary War Battle of Bennington, the monument is 306 feet tall and has an elevator to take visitors to an observation floor where they can see 3 states and spectacular views of historic Bennington, VT.  Located at 15 Monument Circle in Bennington, VT.

The Bennington Museum   [Genealogy Research]

Located at 75 Main Street in Bennington, the museum boasts of holding the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the country.

Bley House Museum

[History of Dorset]  [Genealogy]

Operated by the Dorset Historical Society, the Bley House Museum features exhibits and historic artifacts related to the history of Dorset, VT.  Exhibits include Fenton stoneware, paintings by local Dorset artists and the Marble Gallery.  The society alos holds many documents, photographs, manuscripts and genealogical records pertinent to Dorset.  Located on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road in Dorset, VT.

First Congregational Church of Bennington (Vermont's Colonial Shrine)

Hilldene  [History]  [Property Map]

Home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln.  Visitors will view a brief video in the Welcome Center, then take a self-guided tour of the Lincoln home, experience a demonstration of the 100 year old, 1000 pipe Aeolian organ and stroll in the Hoyt Formal Gardens.  Guided tours are offered each day at noon.  Located at 1005 Hildene Road in Manchester, VT.

Park-McCullough House  

[History]  [Photo Gallery]  [Hall, Park and McCullough Families]

Built in 1864/1865 by Trenor Park (attorney and entrepreneur), The Park-McCullough House is one of the best preserved Victorian mansions in New England.  This lovely home was lived in by descendants of the Park family for over 100 years.  Today, the home has been restored and preserved.  Inside, visitors will find collections of historical furniture, clothing, decorative arts and fine art.  The grounds are open during daylight hours and offer beautiful rose gardens, a playhouse,, and a Carriage Barn that houses a collection of antique horse-drawn carriages, buggies and sleighs.  Tours are offered to pre-arranged groups.  Rentals are available for weddings and special events.  Located at 1 Park Street in North Bennington, VT.  Call 802-442-5441 to set up a tour or make arrangements for rental.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

The Stone House was built ca 1769 of native stone and timber.  Once the home to renowned poet, Robert Frost, the museum features exhibits and artifacts devoted to the life and times of Robert Frost and his works.  Located at 121 Historic Route 7A in Shaftsbury, VT.

 

Caledonia County

Fairbanks Museum  

[Archives]  [Exhibits]

The museum features historical exhibits as well as natural sciences, a planetarium and world cultures.  With over 160,000 objects, there is a lot for visitors to see.  The historical collection comprises many early agricultural, industrial and household artifacts.  Located at 1302 Main Street in St. Johnsbury, VT.

 

Chittenden County

Ethan Allen Homestead and Museum

[Ethan Allen Timeline]  [History]

The homestead of Vermont's founder, Ethan Allen provides an intimate look into the life of Ethan Allen.  Built in 1787, the museum features exhibits and historic artifacts.  Located at 1 Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, VT.

Fleming Museum at University of Vermont

The University of Vermont's Robert Hull Fleming Museum of Art opened in 1931 in one of the Nation's oldest universities.  The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of art and anthropological artifacts in Vermont.  Visitors will find exhibits of contemporary and historic art from around the world.  Located at 61 Colchester Avenue in Burlington, VT.

Milton Historical Society & Museum on Facebook

Housed in the previous Trinity Episcopal Church built in 1891, the Milton Historical Society operates the museum which features exhibits and artifacts focused on the history of Milton, Vermont.  Located at 13 School Street in Milton, VT.

Old Red Mill Museum and Jericho Historical Society

[Historic Photos]  [Snowflake Bentley Museum]

The Old Red Mill is on the National Register of Historical Places.  The first floor of the mill houses the Jericho Historical Society Museum, the Snowflake Bentley Exhibit, the Archives and a Craft Shop.  The 1859 Mill House located nearby is part of the Mill Complex along with the Saxon Hill School.  Located at 4 Red Mill Drive in Jericho, VT.

Old Round Church

Built 1812-1813, the Old Round church was originally the Town Meeting Hall and used as a place of worship by member of 5 different Protestant denominations.  The rare design and well preserved detail of this historic building has been restored and saved by the Richmond Historical Society.  It is open seasonally for tours and is available for weddings and special events.  Located at 25 Round Church Road in Richmond, VT.

Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is known for its outstanding collection of American folk art and quilts.  The museum also features many exhibits of decorative arts and antique items.  Located at 6000 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, VT.

Winooski Mill Museum Complex

[Champlain Mill]

The Winooski Mill Museum features the industrial and cultural history of Winooski Falls during the mill era 1838-1954.  The Winooski Historical Society Museum offers memorabilia covering the history of Winooski while the library holds research materials related to the history of Winooski.  Located inside the Champlain Mill at 20 Winooski Falls Way in Winooski, VT.

 

Essex County

Canaan, Vermont Historical Society Museum

Housed on the second floor of the Alice Ward Memorial Library, the museum features historic artifacts, photographs and items related to the history of Canaan.  Located at 27 Park Street in Canaan, VT.

Concord Town Hall Museum

Operated by the Concord Historical Society, the museum is housed in the old Town Hall and depicts life the way it once was in Early Concord.  Located at 500 Main Street in Concord, VT.

Columbia Covered Bridge

An historic covered bridge crossing the Connecticut River between Columbia, NH and Lemington, VT.

Guildhall Village Historic District

The Historic District features many buildings on the National Historic Register of Place.  Located in Guildhall, VT.

 

Franklin County

Fairfax Historical Society Museum

Focused on the history of Fairfax, Vermont.  Located at 1181 Main Street in Fairfax, VT.

President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site

The State Historic Site features a recreation of the house where President Chester A. Arthur lived as a child. Nearby is the Old Brick Church where his father was minister.  The Old Brick Church was built ca 1840 and today it is often used for memorial services and weddings.  It is open to the public for viewing when the President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site is open.  Located at 455 Chester Arthur Road in Fairfield, VT.

Swanton Historical Society Railroad Depot Museum   

[Swanton Heritage Walking Tour]  [History]

The historic Railroad Depot at Swanton has been restored and preserved by the Swanton Historical Society and houses museum exhibits.  Also on the grounds is the foundation of a roundhouse, a historic toll keeper's house from the Missiquoi Bay Bridge and an antique train caboose.  Open seasonally and for special occasions.  May be rented for events.  Located at 58 South River Street in Swanton, VT.

St. Alban's Historical Museum

The museum is housed inside the 1861, three story Renaissance Revival style building which was originally home to the Franklin County Grammar School.  Today, the museum is filled with artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Franklin County.  A research room holds documents and materials to help researchers uncover the rich history of Franklin County, VT.  Located at the corner of Church Street and Bishop Street in Saint Albans, VT.

 

Grand Isle County

 

Hyde Log Cabin in Grand Isle, Vermont

Hyde Log Cabin

 

Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum

[Photo Gallery]

Housed inside a 19th century barn, the Arnold Zlotoff Tool Museum features over 3000 antique tools from the colonial era in the Northeastern US.  Located on the grounds of Apple Island Resort in South Hero, VT.

Hyde Log Cabin

Built in 1783, Hyde Cabin is one of the oldest log cabins in America.  Built by Jedediah Hyde Jr., the cabin has been moved to the present location, restored and furnished with historical items and artifacts related to the history of Grand Isle.  Located at 228 US Route 2 in Grand Isle, VT.

Isle La Motte Historical Society Museum

The Isle La Motte Historical Society operates a small museum complex of buildings including an 1840 schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop and a 19th century log cabin.  Items in the collections include photographs, family records, Native American artifacts, textiles and blacksmith tools related to early local history.  Located at Main Street and Quarry Road in Isle La Motte, VT.

Isle La Motte Light House

[History]  [Photos]

Although there has been a light in this area at least since 1829, this 25 foot lighthouse was built in 1880 of cast iron.  Wilbur Hill was the keeper of the light from 1871 through the erection of the new lighthouse and retired in 1919 after 48 years of service!   This light was dark for 70 years but has been reactivated in 2002.  It is a private residence.

Lake Champlain Islands History Tour

 

Lamoille County

Bread and Puppet Museum

Located in the Bread and Puppet Theater, the museum features one of the largest collections of some of the biggest puppets and masks in the world.  Housed in a 150-year-old barn located at 753 Heights Road in Glover, VT.

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

[Hall of Fame]

Visitors will learn about the history and evolution of skiing and snowboarding in Vermont.  Housed inside The Perkins Building located at One South Main Street in Stowe, VT.

 

Orange County

 

Justin Morrill Homestead

Academy History Museum & Cafe

The museum features a collection of historic documents, photos, schoolbooks, farm tools and other items related to the history of Corinth.  Located at 1767 Center Road in Corinth, VT.

Bicentennial Building, Historical Library

[Art and Artifacts in the Library]  [Genealogy - Surnames in Thetford]

The library is operated by the Thetford Historical Society and holds books, historical manuscripts, photos and small artifacts related to history in Thetford, Vermont.  Located at 16 Library Road in Thetford, VT.

Bradford Historical Tour

A map and information about the historic sites and buildings in Bradford, VT.

Braintree Hill Meeting House

[History]  [Photo]

Maintained by the Braintree Historical Society, the 1845 Congregational Society Meetinghouse holds a museum of 19th century farm tools, domestic items, town memorabilia, historic photos and documents related to the history of Braintree.  Located at 2766 Braintree Hill Road in Braintree, VT.

Hughes Barn Museum

Operated by the Thetford Historical Society, the museum is housed in a barn along with three other buildings.  Filled with agricultural implements, craft and domestic tools and other items related to the history of Thetford.  Located at 2274 Route 113 in Thetford, VT.

Justin Morrill Homestead

Erected in 1848, this Gothic Revival for Justin S. Morrill, who served in the U.S. Senate, the homestead is furnished with original family pieces and offers many historical exhibits in the house and on the grounds.  Located 2 miles off of Route 32 on Justin Smith Morrill Highway in South Strafford, VT.

Marvin Newton House

Built in 1835 by Marvin Newton, the house has been maintained and operated by the Brookfield Historical Society since 1937.  Open seasonally, the home holds exhibits depicting life in a 19th-century rural community and includes costumes, period furnishings, hand crafted items, historic photos and other relics related to the history of the Brookfield area.  Located at 1133 Ridge Road in Brookfield, VT.

Randolph Historical Society Museum

The museum offers exhibits and historic artifacts related to history in Randolph, Vermont.  Open seasonally.  Located above the Randolph Police Station located on Salisbury Street in Randolph, VT.

Vermont History Expo

Held annually at Tunbridge, Vermont, this is a fun way for the whole family to learn about Vermont history.  Activities include a history parade, Civil War and living history enactments, displays of local history from over 100 Vermont societies and more.  Located on Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds.

Williamstown Historical Society Museum

The Williamstown Historical Society is devoted to the collection and preservation of Williamstown, Vermont.  Housed inside the 1836 Universalist Church building, the museum holds many photos and historic artifacts related to Williamstown history.  Open mostly by appointment.  Contact Becky Watson at 802-433-5451.  Located at 2476  VT Route 14, Main Street in Williamstown, VT.

Woods Academy Building

The old Academy Building was built in 1893 and today holds the Bradford Town Hall , offices and a small museum devoted to the local history of Bradford.  Exhibits include historic artifacts, costumes, documents, photos, old schoolbooks, farm tools and souvenirs of local businesses.  Open seasonally and by appointment.  Located at 172 North Main Street in Bradford, VT.

 

Orleans County

Alexander Twilight House

[Alexander Twilight Biography]

Built in 1830 by Alexander Twilight, this historic house has been restored and is used by the Orleans County Historical Society as their office and a Visitor Center for the Old Stone House Museum.  Located across the street from the Old Stone House Museum at 109 Old Stone House Road in Brownington, VT.

Lawrence Barn

Old Stone House Museum

[Orleans County History]

[Virtual Tour of the Brownington Historic District]

The stone house is actually a stone dormitory called Athenian Hall.  Built between 1834 and 1836 by the Reverand Alexander Twilight, the stone house today features 21 rooms of museum exhibits focused on life in 19th century Vermont.  There are 5 other historic buildings on the property and all are filled with historic artifacts and exhibits.  Located in the Brownington Village Historic District at 109 Old Stone House Road in Brownington, VT.

 

Rutland County

 

 

 

Museum at Eaton Hall

Adams House: Home of Middletown Springs Historical Society

[History]  [Photo Album

[Middletown Springs Historic District Photo Album]

Devoted to the history of Middletown Springs, the museum and the Middletown Springs Historical Society is housed in the historic Adams House.  Located on the Green

Castleton Historical Museum and Historic Sites

[Historic Sites in Castleton]

The Castleton Historical Society if devoted to the collection and preservation of the history of Castleton and the state of Vermont.  The society is housed inside the 1811 Higley House and operates a museum in the house as well. The society has a collection of genealogy research materials on the second floor for those who are interested in family history.  Located at 407 Main Street in Castleton, VT.

Hubbardton Battlefield

[Battle of Hubbardton]  [Reenactment Images]

[More about The Battle of Hubbardton]

This state historic site of a Revolutionary War battle features a monument which was erected in 1859 dedicated to the Battle of Hubbardton.  The battlefield itself is beautifully preserved and a visitors center provides historical information and exhibits about this famous battle in America's history.  Located at 5696 Monument Road in Hubbardton, VT.

Museum at Eaton Hall

Operated by the Pittsford Historical Society, the museum is focused on the local history of Pittsford, Vermont.  Located at 3399 US Route 7 in Pittsford, VT.

Norman Rockwell Museum

[Norman Rockwell biography]  [Norman Rockwell's Art]

The museum features a nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell's art.  Exhibits of over 2500 Norman Rockwell magazine covers, advertisements, paintings, facts and other published works shows Rockwell's development as an illustrator.  Located at 654 Route 4 East in Rutland, VT.

 

Washington County Camp Meade Victory Museum

Camp Meade was previously a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp) camp in the 1930s.  Today, visitors can take a step back in time to the days of the Great Depression and the time of WWII and see how Americans lived and survived during this difficult time in the history of America.  The museum features more than 25 indoor and outdoor exhibits which include audio and visual exhibits about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin Delanor Roosevelt, and antique military vehicles from the Korean, Vietnam and second World Wars with a chance to ride on them on Saturdays for an extra charge.  Located off of I-89, Exit 9 in Middlesex, VT.

Central Vermont Historic Walking Tours

Provides history and information about historic places in Barre, Montpelier, Waterbury and Waitsfield.  If you plan a visit to the areas, you can print out this helpful information about historic places and where you can find guided tours and maps.

Kent Historical Museum

[Virtual Tour]

[History of Kent]  [Bereiter House History]

Housed in the historic Bereiter House, the Kent Historical Museum is operated by the Kent Historical Society.   The museum provides exhibits and features historic artifacts related to the history of the greater Kent, Vermont area.  Located at 855 East Smith Street in Kent, VT

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

[History of Maple Syrup]

Features free sugar house tours, the Vermont farm life museum, the woodshed theater with multimedia displays, a country store and the whimsical carved folklife characters created by Burr Morse.  Located on County Road in Montpelier, VT.

Rock of Ages Granite Quarry

[Visitor Center & History]

This is the world's largest granite quarry.  Located near Barre (the granite capital of the world), they offer a visitor's center where you can learn how the granite is quarried and then fashioned into glorious monuments and sculptures.  You can find many fine examples of these monuments and statuary in Barre.  See the granite sculptures at Hope Cemetery and in Downtown Barre.  The city of Barre celebrates yearly with the Annual Granite Festival.

Sullivan Museum & History Center

The museum features a collection of artwork and artifacts related to the history of Norwich University and the Norwich Community.  Located at 158 Harmon Drive in Northfield, VT.

USS Montpelier Museum

Dedicated to the three great ships and the Naval heritage of Montpelier.  Located at 39 Main Street on the second floor of City Hall in the City of Montpelier, VT.

Vermont Granite Museum   [Stone Arts School]

This museum is also in Barre and located in a turn of the century granite plant.  Learn about Vermont's unique granite heritage through interactive exhibits.  Stone Arts Classes are also offered here. Located at 7 Jones Bros. Way in Barre, VT.

Vermont History Museum

Operated by the Vermont Historical Society, the museum offers artifacts and exhibits displaying the history of Vermont people.  The society also maintains a genealogy library located at 60 Washington Street in Barre, Vermont.  For information on Vermont genealogy research, see the Guide to Materials and Collections at the VHS Library.  Located at 109 State Street in Montpelier, VT.

Vermont's Historic State House   

[History and Photos]  [Historic Photos]  [Tour]

This is one of the oldest and most well preserved state capitols in America.  The historic building was completed in 1859 and guided tours are offered.  Located at 115 State Street in Montpelier, VT.

Windham County

Adams Grist Mill

Bellows Falls Historical Society and Museum on Facebook

The 1831 gristmill still houses much of the original equipment and holds a museum of exhibits including machinery, tools and equipment from the Vermont Machinery Company.  Maintained by the Bellows Falls Historical Society, Adams Grist Mill is located on Mill Street in Bellows Falls, VT.

Barber House Museum

The Wilmington Historical Society features a museum dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of Wilmington, Vermont.  Housed inside the historic Barber House, it is located at 5 Lisle Hill in Wilmington, VT.

Brattleboro Museum and Art Center

Housed inside the 1915 Union Station, the museum features exhibits and historic artifacts related to the history of Brattleboro and the surrounding area along with an art center focused on the history of art and the local fine art legends.  Located at 10 Vernon Street in Brattleboro, VT.

Custer-Sharp House

The Custer-Sharp House is home to the Londonderry Historical Society, who is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history of the north and south villages of Londonderry and it's people.  Located on Middletown Road off Route 11 in Londonderry, VT.

Ephraim Holland Newton House

Operated by the Marlboro Historical Society, the house was built in 1814 and holds exhibits and artifacts focused on the history of Marlboro, Vermont.  Also on the grounds is the 1827 Houghton Schoolhouse.  Located at 364 South Road in Marlboro, VT.

History Museum in Grafton, Vermont

The museum features local history exhibits and artifacts.  Located at Main Street in Grafton, VT.

Rockingham Meeting House

The old Rockingham Meeting House was built in 1787.  Also known as the Old North Meeting House and First Church in Rockingham, it is the oldest public building in Vermont that remains unchanged.  The historic Rockingham Meeting House Cemetery is at this location as well.  Located at 20 Thwing Lane in Bellows Falls, VT.

Vernon Historical Museum

The Vernon Historical Museum is housed inside the 1848 brick schoolhouse.  The schoolhouse is completely furnished and features exhibits of tools, farm equipment, kitchen items, local historic artifacts and living history demonstrations.  Located at 4201 Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon, VT.

Windham County Historical Society Museum

Featuring historical artifacts and exhibits focused on the history of Windham County.  Located on Main Street in Newfane, VT.

 

Windsor County

 

Vermont Old Constitution House Historic Photo

Old Constitution House.

State Historic Site.

1777 Birthplace of Vermont Independence.

American Precision Museum

Early American Industrial Heritage museum, at what is argued the
"Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution".  196 Main Street in Windsor, VT.

Barnard Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the former 1850 Village School, a one-room schoolhouse, the museum features historic artifacts related to the history of Barnard, Vermont.  The society also provides a complete genealogy section for researchers of family history.  Located on VT Route 12 in Barnard, VT.

Bethel Historical Society Museum

Housed in the former 1892 town hall, the museum is located in the Bethel Historic District at 318 Main Street in Bethel, VT.

Billings Farm and Museum

Billings Farm and Museum on Facebook

[History & Photos]

Billings Farm and Museum is a living history museum where visitors can see the workings of a farm which has been operating since 1871.  Step back in time and learn what life was like on a farm in east-central Vermont.  Located at the intersection of Route 12 and River Road in Woodstock, VT.

Black River Academy Museum

[History

The Black River Academy was chartered in 1835 but the current building was built 1888-1889.  Today, the building has been restored and holds a museum devoted to the cultural heritage and history of the Black River Valley area of Vermont.  Located at 14 High Street in Ludlow, VT.

Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site   [The Homestead]

This lovely historic site includes the Cilley General Store, a post office, the Wilder Restaurant, a church and other historical buildings along with the home where Calvin Coolidge was born and raised.  The homestead remains exactly as it was the night Calvin Coolidge took office.  Located at 3780 Route 100A in Plymouth, VT.

Cavendish Historical Society Museum

Operated by the Cavendish Historical Society, the museum is housed in the 19th century old town hall.  Featuring historic artifacts and antique items related to the history of Cavendish, Vermont, the museum is located on Main Street in Cavendish, VT.

Chester Historical Society Museum

Focused on the heritage of Chester, Vermont, the museum is housed in the former school building and holds historic artifacts, antiques and features exhibits.  Located at 330 Main Street on the Green in Chester, VT.  The society also operates the former Yosemite Firehouse where they house antique firefighting equipment, ladder wagons and an 1849 Hunneman Handpumper.  It is located on VT Route 103 in Chester, VT.

Cornish Colony Museum

Houses the largest collection of Maxfield Parrish works and those of the Cornish Colony Artists. Located at147 Main Street
Windsor, VT.

Dana House Museum   [Research]

Focused on the history of Woodstock, Vermont, the museum is located at 26 Elm Street in Woodstock, VT.

Eureka Schoolhouse Museum and State Historic Site

The Eureka Schoolhouse is Vermont's oldest one room schoolhouse.  Built in 1790 in the first village settlement in what is today known as Springfield, the Eureka Schoolhouse is a pyramidal hipped roof structure sheathed in pine boards and scored to simulate "Ashlar" or cut stone blocks.  Today, the schoolhouse has been restored and is being preserved by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and is operated as an attraction.  The Eureka Schoolhouse has been furnished with period antiques to delight visitors.  Located at 470 Charlestown Road in Springfield, VT.

Garipay House

[Historic Buildings and Sites in Hartford]

Headquarters to the Hartford Historical Society, the house contains a museum and archives focused on the history of Hartford and White River Junction.  Located at 1461 Maple Street in Hartford Village, VT.

Green Mountain Perkins Academy

[South Woodstock Historic Notes]

Dedicated to the preservation of the Academy building and the history of the Green Mountain Perkins Academy through historical artifacts, personal papers and records.  Located on Academy Circle in South Woodstock, VT.

Hartland Historical Society Museum  

[Historic Photos of Hartland]  [Hartland Historic Buildings, Bridges and Structures]

The Hartland Historical Society Museum houses items, photos, letters, diaries and other documents from local families along with town and church records.  Exhibits include an original switchboard from the Hartland Telephone Company, movie projectors from Damon Hall, military uniforms, war posters and other artifacts from Hartlanders who served the US military and more.  There is a library of cemetery records, genealogies and school records.  Located just west of the intersection of Rt. 5 and Rt. 12 in Hartland, VT.

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historic Park

The National Historic Park was created to preserve the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion and the surrounding lands.  Visitors can tour the mansion and gardens where three American families have lived.  Directions

Norwich Historical Society Museum

Housed in the 1807 Lewis House, the museum exhibits and teaches visitors about the history of Norwich, Vermont.  Located at 277 Main Street in Norwich, VT.

Old Constitution House

This Vermont State Historic Site if considered the "Birthplace of Vermont".  The Old Constitution House was originally a tavern.  Windsor Tavern was owned by Elijah West and it was inside this tavern in 1777, that the first constitution of the state of Vermont was adopted.  Today, Constitution House has been restored and looks as it did over 200 years ago.  Operated by the State of Vermont, the Old Constitution House features period rooms which reflect its use as an early tavern.  Visitors will learn about the events leading up to the signing of the Vermont Constitution.

The Weston Historical Society Museums

Take a step back in time and find out what life was like in an early 19th century Vermont village.  Representative of an early Vermont village, the Weston Historical Society operates and maintains several historic buildings which include:

  1. The Old Mill Museum - The original was built in 1780 by Ezekial Pease on the banks of the West River.  Today it has been restored to that early structure and is a working grist mill.  The mill houses a museum of antique tools and a artisan tinsmith provides demonstrations.
  2. Farrar-Mansur House - Built in 1797 by Captain Oliver Farrar, the Farrar family lived in the house until 1857 then sold to the Mansur family who occupied it for 3 generations.  Today, the house is a museum featuring an extensive collection of antique New England furniture, decorative arts and household items.
  3. The Craft Building - Served as the first firehouse in Weston and later as Frank Mansur's machine shop.  In later years it was home to the Vermont Guild of Old Time Crafts and Industries.  Today it holds the red Concord Coach used as a bandwagon by the Weston Cornet Band.
  4. Vermont Scale Museum - Housed inside the Vermont Country Store, is an outstanding collection of weighing and measuring devices including Fairbanks and Howes scales.

The museums of Weston are open seasonally. Phone: 802-824-5294.  Located in Weston, VT.

 

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