Saturday, August 19 — 9:00 to 4:00
Sixth Biennial Windham County History Fair
Historic Newfane Common, Route 30, Newfane
Step back in time at the Sixth Biennial Windham County History Fair on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00 to 4:00. Held on the Historic Newfane Common (Route 30, Newfane), the Fair is a festival of vintage exhibits, demonstrations and historic tours featuring Windham County’s rich heritage. Special exhibits by the Vermont Archaeology Society, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, the Vermont Historical Society, along with exhibits by many of Windham County’s Historical Societies, will feature pre-European and 18th, 19th and early 20th century life in Windham County.
Learn how to research your family’s roots at the Genealogy Presentation. Bring your attic treasures for professional Antique Appraisals. With an entourage of wild animals, birds and reptiles, Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum will explain the changing landscape of Vermont over the centuries. Bookbinding and Restoration presentations invite you to bring your old books for a free professional evaluation. Carding and Spinning, Quilting, Woodworking, and Dowsing demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Dave Allen will present Old Maps of Vermont, and have copies available for purchase. The Honorable Judge John Wesley will take visitors on a tour of the County Courthouse. Tours of the County Jail, the historic Village of Newfane, as well as a tour of the old Newfane Cemetery on Cemetery Hill are also scheduled. Test your knowledge of Vermont trivia and play historic games. The day will also include Antique Cars including the Vermont State Police cruiser “Old Monty,” Antique Tractors, Fire Engines, as well as Crafters, Bargain table, and Raffles. Food by NewBrook Auxiliary. Admission is Free.
10:00: Southern Vermont Natural History Museum: a changing landscape (Michael Clough)
11:00: Genealogy presentation (held at the Crowell Gallery in the Moore Free Library): research your family roots on-line (Wayne Blanchard)
11:30: Tour: Historic Newfane Village (Dan Brooks & Gary Katz)
12:00 – 3:00: Antique Appraisals – Bring your attic treasures for professional appraisal (Richard Michaelman)
12:00: Old Maps of Vermont & Windham County presentation (Dave Allen)
12:30: Bookbinding & Restoration presentation and evaluations (Malcolm Summers, The Chester Bookworm)
1:00: Tour: Windham County Courthouse (The Honorable Judge John Wesley)
1:30: Woodworking Demonstration (Gary LaVorgna)
2:00: Tour: Windham County Jail (Larry Robinson)
2:30: Tour: Old Newfane Cemetery (Charles Marchant)