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Windham County History Fair returns Aug. 14

Admission is free. For more information, contact info@historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org. For an updated schedule of events, see the Historical Society’s website.

NEWFANE—Step back in time at the Windham County History Fair on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the historic Newfane Common on Route 30.

The fair — held every other year — is described by organizers as “a festival of vintage exhibits, demonstrations, and historic tours featuring Windham County’s rich heritage.”

The Vermont Historical Society, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, the Vermont State Archives, and the Vermont State Police will join many of Windham County’s historical societies with special exhibits for all ages.

“Vermont wildlife with a historic twist,” presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, will feature live “animal ambassadors.” Another exhibition presents old maps of Vermont, with copies available for purchase.

Learn how to research your family’s roots or how to do bookbinding and book restoration. Fairgoers can bring old books for a free professional evaluation.

Demonstrations at the West River Railroad Museum will feature the lost art of telegraph operating, while Judge Thomas Durkin will present an insider’s tour of the Windham County Courthouse.

Tours of the old Windham County Jail and the historic village of Newfane are scheduled. Charles Marchant will offer a tour of the old Newfane Cemetery on Cemetery Hill.

Demonstrations in flintknapping, fire making, fiber arts, maple sugaring, and quilting will take place throughout the day.

The day will also feature antique cars and trucks, including the Vermont State Police’s 1947 Ford cruiser, “Old Monty.” Crafters, a bargain table, raffles, and plenty of food will be offered.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #624 (Wednesday, August 4, 2021). This story appeared on page C3.

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