Founded 1762
Historical Society

BY-LAWS of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society


The objectives of the Society shall be:

  • The purpose of the Ferrisburgh Historical Society, Inc., is to bring together those people interested in history, especially the history of the area.
  • The Society’s main function will be to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of Ferrisburgh and surrounding area. It will collect printed material, manuscript material, and museum material. The Society will provide for the preservation of such material and for its accessibility, as far as may be feasible.
  • The Society will disseminate historical information and arouse interest by publishing historical material, holding meetings, marking historical sites and by using the media to awaken public interest.
  • The Society will cooperate with the State Historical Society to collect and preserve materials of statewide significance, so that these materials can be available to students and scholars.

New members and guests are always welcome.

For more information, please call Silas Towler at 425-3380, email Ferrisburgh.Historical.Society@gmail.comor write to: Ferrisburgh Historical Society, PO Box 85, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456.

2023-2024 EVENTS

September 16, 2023 - Ferrisburgh Day

The Historical Society will be open from 10 - 2 on Ferrisburgh Day.

October 15, 2023 - 2 pm Program

Ferrisburgh Historical Society - 6 Little Chicago Rd, Ferrisburgh

Bernard Nobel will give a presentation on moving the New Haven Fire Station. He is an author of three books on Vermont Civil War soldiers from Addison County towns (Someone’s Darling Slumbers Here: Stories Of Vermont’s Civil War Soldiers) as well as an avocational historian of local history, specializing in Civil War and American Revolutionary War. For the past year and a half, he has been deeply involved in documenting the move of the historic New Haven train depot from its original location at the Junction to its new home in the center of New Haven village. He has taken well over 2,000 photos of how that remarkable move was done, from the very beginning of the process to the mounting of the building onto its new foundation.

His presentation includes a 45 minute slideshow detailing how the 155 year old brick structure was prepared for the 1.6 mile journey.

November 11, 2023 - 1 pm, Bixby Library

The Bixby Memorial Free Library history volunteers will host the Ferrrisburgh Historical Society on Saturday, November 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bixby Library, 152 Main St., Vergennes. Over the last three years, a group of volunteers has been working with library staff to make the library’s special collections of documents, journals, letters, photographs and postcards more accessible to in-person and online researchers. Bixby board member and history committee chair Nancy Remsen will share new “finding aides” and online access, as well as recent exhibits that include special collections related to Ferrisburgh history. Volunteer Catherine Brooks will share examples of local history research findings associated with the development of four artifact and document kits now available for borrowing from the library to groups, homeschoolers, and schools. Selected documents will be available to examine.

March 10, 2024 - 2 pm, Ferrisburgh Community Center

Katie Quinn will present a Powerpoint presentation entitled Katharine, The Diary of An Ordinary Woman on Sunday, March 10, 2024. As mentioned in Jean Richardson’s book A History of the Village of North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, Katharine Hale Royce diaries recount the life of an ordinary woman living in Vermont from 1926-1938. The diaries tell about the daily work, preservation of food, travel and politics of the time. Katie’s presentation will focus on time Katharine and her family lived in North Ferrisburgh.

April 14, 2024 - 2pm, Ferrisburgh Community Center

On Sunday, April 14th, Charlie Langworthy will present a slide show entitled the "One Room Schools of Ferrisburgh.This will be upstairs in the Community Center and will run from 2PM to 3PM. Come see what the schools looked like before consolidation. Hint, it was a much simpler time!


FHS Newsletter - April 2023

In this third issue of our History Notes, we're looking at the 'Twin Bridges of Ferrisburgh Center.'  Click here to read the full newsletter.

FHS Newsletter - February 2023

In the second issue of our History Notes, we're looking at the Martin House, once located at the corner of Route 7 and Hollow Road. Click here to read the full newsletter.

FHS Newsletter - January 2023

The last couple of winters, Silas has been researching Ferrisburgh history by looking through old newspapers. These papers are available online through the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, and many date back to 1800. We've also accessed images from the Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont Libraries. We hope to make this newsletter a regular, collaborative endeavor to share some of these "lines of inquiry" with you. 

Click here to access the first newsletter featuring Fort Cassin House, once located at the mouth of Otter Creek.

A History of the Village of North Ferrisburgh, Vermont 1762-2024 (Second Edition)

Jean Richardson, Professor Emerita, University of Vermont, local resident and Justice of the Peace, has written a rich and thorough history of the North Ferrisburgh Village. With help from Silas Towler, local historian, the book is filled with previously unpublished original documents, photographs, diaries and interviews. References include live links to original sources.

The book will be available for purchase at the Town Hall.

The online version is available here:

A History of the Village of North Ferrisburgh, Vermont 1762-2024 (Second Edition)



Ferrisburgh, A Vermont Town with History ...and a Future

"The rich history of Ferrisburgh's 250 plus years comes alive in the words of its townspeople. From enduring mysteries to tragedies and funny events, you'll get to know Ferrisburgh through their eyes. Includes over 300 historical images." Produced in 2013 by Ed Dooley, Mad River Media, LLC.

DVDs are for sale at the Town Clerk's Office.

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