White River Valley Historical Fair 2011

Saturday, August 20, 201: 9:00am – 4:00pm
South Royalton High School.

Local Historical Societies around and near the White River will have displays relating to, in some instances, the 250th celebrations of their towns, the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and other community events. Speakers and artisan/crafters will be present. More information to follow.

Radtke and Zorn Bring Vermont History to Life

Sunday, March 27, 2011 – 2:00
Pierce Hall Community Center

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, with pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history, including the Civil War, to life with engaging commentary about the songs discovered in the Vermont Historical Society’s collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history using the songs Vermonters published in their communities.

Fall Hikes 2010

September 25
The Jones Mt. Road-1860
Explore some of the 9 home sites that were located along the Jones Mountain Road to Bingo Road.
Meet at the field on the Jones Mountain Road (off the West Hill Road ~ Route 73).
(Four hours – moderate)

October 2
The L-20 Airplane Crash
Hike to the location of the 1957 L-20 crash. See how close the plane was to clearing the mountain. Follow the trail that Harry Jay used to salvage wreckage.
Meet at the Brandon Gap parking lot on Rt. 73
( Four hours – moderate)

October 9
Mount Cushman
Hike up Mt. Cushman to the location of the former lookout tower. Learn the history of this tower, and other fire towers in Vermont. Meet at the end of town road maintenance on the Mt. Cushman Road
NOTE:  Parking very limited!!  Please car pool.
(Three hours – moderate to hard)

All hikes start at 10:00 AM, rain or shine. Good hiking footwear, water, lunch and insect repellant recommended. Bring your stories and pictures if you have any.
For more information, call Bruce Flewelling 767-3263.

B-24’s and L-20’s

Military Aircraft Crashes in the Green Mountains
April 25th from 1 to 3 PM at the Forest Service office on RT 100
Authors Brian Lindner and Bill Powers will present a slide show program on two military aircraft crashes in the Green Mountains. Learn about the B-24 “Liberator” bomber crash on Camel’s Hump in October of 1944 and the story of the one survivor. Then hear about the L-20 that crashed south of Brandon Gap in October, 1957 killing all aboard. Talk to folks (including Bill Powers and Tom Simpson) who went to the L-20 crash site that fall. Learn how a “Dowser” helped relocate the wreckage fifty years later.

This program will be held at April 25th from 1 to 3 PM at the Forest Service office on RT 100, north of Rochester.Free and open to the public, this program is sponsered by the Rochester Historical Society

What’s In A Name?

Sunday, March 28th, from 1 to 3 PM
Have you ever wondered how folks got nicknames like “Grasshopper” or “Gudge” or “Bluejay (aka “Hot Dog”)?  How did places like “Satan’s Kingdom”, “The Gold Region” and “Bingo” get their names?

Join the Rochester Historical Society as we explore the origins of local names.  You may have some names that we haven’t thought of to add to our list.

This program will take place on Sunday, March 28th, from 1 to 3 PM at the Forest Service office on RT. 100 north of Rochester.  All are welcome!