Saturday, August 22, Windham County History Fair!

Saturday, August 22, 9:00 to 4:00

Fifth Biennial Windham County History Fair
Historic Newfane Common
Route 30, Newfane

Step back in time at the Fifth Biennial Windham County History Fair on Saturday, August 22nd 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. A special exhibit of Windham County artifacts from the collection of the Vermont Historical Society, along with exhibits by many of Windham County’s Historical Societies, will feature 18th, 19th and early 20th century life in Windham County. Antique professionals will appraise your attic treasures for a donation of $5. (All proceeds support the Museum of the Historical Society of Windham County). Bookbinding and Restoration demonstrations will take place throughout the day—bring your old books for a free professional evaluation! Musket and Flintknapping as well as Blacksmithing, Carding and Spinning, Woodworking, and Clay Pottery demonstrations will take place throughout the day as well. 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, the old Newfane Railroad Station as well as a tour of the old Newfane Cemetery on Cemetery Hill are also scheduled. Children (and adults!) can take the “wheel” of Vermont Rail Action’s simulated train engine. The day will also include Antique Cars, Tractors, Fire Engines, as well as Crafters, Bargain table, Raffles, Food by NewBrook Auxiliary and a History Quest Scavenger Hunt. Admission is Free. Crafters and demonstrators interested in participating at the Fair may contact:


Hourly:  Musket and Flintknapping demonstrations – Bob Brinck, Re-enactor

Hourly:  Pottery/ceramics demonstration – Billy Stark, Potter

10:00 Presentation: Blacksmithing with Sean Hardy
10:30 Tour: Newfane Railroad Station with Paula Sagerman
11:00 Presentation: Bookbinding and restoration with “The Chester Bookworm”

11:30 Tour : Historic Newfane Village with Dan Brooks
12:30 Presentation: Old Maps of Vermont and Windham County with Dave Allen

1:00 Tour: County Courthouse with The Honorable John Wesley
1:00 – 3:00 Antique Appraisals: Jack Winner & Macreay Landy Antiques

2:00 Tour: County Jail with Larry Robinson
2:30 Tour: Old Newfane Cemetery with Charles Marchant