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The Essex Community Historical Society

PO Box 8388 Essex, Vermont 05451

 

 

The Essex Community Historical Society are excited to offer our 2023 calendar. The topic is “Iconic Businesses of Essex”.
It features twelve businesses from the early days of Essex and Essex Junction with a brief historical description of each business.

The calendars are $15.00 each, by cash or check, and shipping is $3.50 per calendar if needed. Make check payable to the Essex Community Historical Society and mail to P.O. Box 8388 Essex VT. 05451. Include your mailing address.

We will be selling our 2023 calendars “Iconic Businesses of Essex” at The Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum which will be open Saturdays and Sundays starting December 3rd through December 18th, from 10am - 2pm. We are located at the corner of Route #128 and Route #15 next to the Essex Free Library. All funds from the Calendar sales will go to The Fort Ethan Allen water tower restoration fund. The Calendar will make a great Holiday gift. Purchase a copy now.

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Essex Community Historical Society Presents

 

Tales & Treasures of Essex History, and other Events
The 2022 Program Schedule

 

The Tales & Treasures programs for the 2022 season are have been scheduled.

 

The schedule for the 2022 Tales and Treasures events is listed below starting in May and continuing through the ECHS annual meeting on October 4. Planned program details may change so check back closer to the scheduled date. Plan to attend these programs and mark your calendar.

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The Harriet Farnsworth Powell Historical Museum

 

The Museum is now closed for the Winter season, and will be open only by appointment.
The Museum will open for the Summer Season on the first Sunday after Memorial Day, June 4, 2023.

 

 

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Gravestone Cleaning Workshop 8a.m.-3p.m.

Essex Junction Cemetery Association in conjunction with the Essex Community Historical Society will host a gravestone cleaning workshop. The event will be held at The Village Cemetery on Main Street in Essex Junction. All are welcome to this FREE workshop!
This event is co-sopnsored by the Essex Junction Cemetery Association.

The Vermont Old Cemetery Association (VOCA) has generously offered to teach the safest and best way to clean and repair cemetery headstones. Please join us to learn the process and get some hands-on experience. The Essex Community Historical Society will also be on site to share a historical perspective about the Village Cemetery, whose oldest stones date back to the 1700's.

Please bring your lunch, beverage or water. Other items to bring are a plastic vegetable brush (no wire brushes), a spray bottle and gloves. Parking and restrooms will be provided by First Congregational Church at 39 Main Street. We hope to see you there!

 

Saturday, June 19th 2022

Fort Ethan Allen Museum - (youtube video)

On Juneteenth the Essex ReTorter visited the Fort Ethan Allen Museum to learn about Buffalo Soldiers and more about Fort Ethan Allen. William Parkinson gives a tour of the Fort Ethan Allen Museum.
The program was recorded and available on youtube. Here is the link to the youtube video tour. (click Skip Ad)

 

Wednesday, July 13 2022

“Early Surveying in Essex”
Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex, Vermont at 7p.m.

Brad Holden of Underhill will speak about John Johnson and his 1807 map.

 

August 10, 2022

“The Fair before the Fair” - (youtube video)
Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex, Vermont at 7p.m.

Kendal Holden, a Blue Spruce Grange member, will present a program on the history of the Essex Center Grange and the Essex Center Fair that the Grange ran from 1913 to 1921 in a field off of Towers Road. This event is co-sopnsored by the Blue Spruce Grange.
The program was recorded and available on youtube. Here is the link to the youtube video presentation.

 

Wednesday, September 14

“ESSEX CENTER - THE VILLAGE"
"TO BE AND NOT TO BE”
Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex, Vermont at 7p.m.

Was there ever a Village of Essex Center?  Or is this just another thing to confuse the voters?
Hint:  There was such a village.  But where was it?  Is it still there?  If not, what happened?
Hubie Norton will walk us through the history of this village that existed for 27 years, 11 months and 25 days.
The program was recorded and available on youtube. Here is the link to the youtube video presentation.

 

Tuesday, October 4

Annual Meeting of the Essex Community Historical Society

Meeting will be held at the First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 2nd Floor,
Main Street, Essex Junction, Vermont at 7 p.m.