History Fair returns to Newfane Common

NEWFANE — Step back in time at the Seventh Biennial Windham County History Fair on Saturday, August 10th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held on Historic Newfane Common, the Fair is a festival of vintage exhibits, demonstrations and historic tours featuring Windham County's rich heritage.

The Vermont Archaeological Society, the Vermont Historical Society, the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, and the Vermont State Archives will join many of Windham County's Historical Societies with special exhibits for all ages.

Learn how to research your family's roots at Jerry Carbone's genealogy presentation. Bookbinding and Restoration presentations by the Chester Bookworm invite you to bring your old books for a free professional evaluation. The West River Railroad Museum will feature the lost art of telegraph operating. A presentation and exhibit of Old Maps of Vermont will offer copies available for purchase.

Justice Karen Carroll will present an insider's tour of the Windham 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.

Flintknapping, fire making, Native American pottery, carding, spinning, and quilting demonstrations will take place throughout the day. The day will also feature antique cars, including the Vermont State Police cruiser “Old Monty,” as well as antique tractors and fire engines.

Crafters will be in attendance, and the NewBrook Fire Department Auxiliary will provide the food.

Admission is free. For an updated schedule of events, see the Historical Society's website at www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.

Subscribe to the newsletter for weekly updates