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Entire 800+ Collection of Historical Photographs of the
Mad River Valley from the 1870's to the 1900s.

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T
he Waitsfield Historical Society is located in the restored General Wait House at the North end of the Village Historic District on Route 100 in Waitsfield, Vermont. It is our purpose to discover, collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts, papers, and other materials that will illustrate the record of the historical development of the Mad River Valley, Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston and Moretown for future generations.


Walking Tour
 
The Waitsfield Historical Society has prepared a self-guided walking tour brochure and map to the historic district of Waitsfield. Many 18th and 19th century homes line Route 100 from the General Wait House to the Covered Bridge and are described for the visitor to follow. The brochure is free.

Collections and Research Library
Our collection consists of documents, artifacts, photographs and other material relating to local history. We continue to collect and catalogue archives on computer to be used for research.

The Waitsfield Historical Society Annual Potluck Supper Will Be Held Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - Dinner 6pm
PROGRAM: “MEMORIES OF OLD TYME FARMING"
The Waitsfield Historical Society invites everyone to a Potluck Supper and ”Memories of Olde Tyme Farming” Program on Wednesday, May 11th at the United Church of Christ dining hall. Supper will be at 6PM and the program at 7PM. For those who wish to attend the supper please bring a dish to share: A-E Dessert, F-N Salad and O-Z Main Course. oldtyme1

The program will have a panel of four members of the Valley: Gordie Eurich, Paul Marble, Fred Messer and Fred Viens who will share memories of early farming days and how thing have changed over the years. An article in the January 26th, 2006 edition of the Valley Reporter by Kevin Eurich lists 69 farms in the Valley up to the early 1960’s. According to Kevin at the time his article was written only five remained. Kevin remarked , “When I hear people talk of open land and pristine pastoral views I know that the farmers made it so." The audience will be encouraged to share their own memories of the farms in the Valley.

This is the third program in a series about the Valley and its history with a panel of local participants. The first was about sugaring the second about the early schools in the Valley. Both programs were very well received with lots of audience participation. Please join us for this free program. One of over 800 photos from WHS glass slide collection (see the Photos Page icon, above).

EXHIBIT RUNNING FROM SEPTEMBER 27TH
19th Century Furniture and Quilts from the WHS Collection. This exhibition draws on some of the local antique items in the WHS collection. Featured is an 1820’s tall case clock (grandfather clock) long in the Joslin family. Also a Maple "sack back" rocking chair and a beautifully crafted side chair made around 1830 by a member of the Bushnell/Jones family. Several more chairs, tables and a bedstead from the Wait family, along with locally made quilts fill out the exhibit.at the General Wait house on Route 100 next to the firehouse.

For more information contact Judy Dodds, Curator - 496-2027 FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC WEEKDAYS

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