County history fair returns Saturday
NEWFANE - Step back in time at the eighth biennial Windham County History Fair on Saturday, August 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. Held on historic Newfane Common, on Route 30, the fair is 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.
Among the events is “Vermont wildlife with a historic twist,” presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, which will feature live “animal ambassadors.” A presentation and exhibit of Old Maps of Vermont will offer copies available for purchase. Demonstrations at The West River Railroad Museum will feature the lost art of telegraph operating. Justice Thomas Durkin will present an insider’s tour of the Windham County Courthouse. Tours of the County Jail, the historic village of Newfane, as well as Charles Marchant’s tour of the old Newfane Cemetery on Cemetery Hill are also scheduled. Flintknapping, fire making, fiber arts, maple sugaring demonstrations, and quilting demonstrations will take place throughout the day.
The day will also feature antique cars and trucks including the Vermont State Police cruiser “Old Monty.” Also present will be crafters, a bargain table, raffles, and food. Admission is free. For more information or a schedule of events visit www.historicalsocietyofwindhamcounty.org.