Annual Meeting December 10

All members of the Manchester Historical Society are encouraged to attend this year’s annual meeting on Wednesday, December 10, at 7 pm at the Manchester Community Library. Board members and officers will report on programs, MHS 2014 achievements and events, and finances. Refreshments will follow.

The next MHS program will be Thursday, December 18, with the Tall Spire Ringers Holiday Concert.

E-mail or call 549-4582 for more information.

Annual Giving Campaign Underway

This past summer two of our board members and our curator met with Mr. Robert Parker to receive as a gift a Colonial-era fowler musket that had belonged to his ancestor, Gideon Ormsby, an important early Manchester settler and Revolutionary War officer. It is a moment like this that makes it so exciting to be part of a historical society, when you feel the connection over the generations in such an immediate way.

We have one simple goal: to preserve and proclaim the history of Manchester for our generation and for generations to come. We hope you will join us in supporting the Manchester Historical Society.

Just go to Be a Supporter to find out how you can be part of an exciting new era at MHS.

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Annual Picnic and Fiddler Adam Boyce on August 20


This year the annual picnic will be held at the Casablanca Motel located at the north end of Manchester Center on Wednesday, August 20. The picnic starts at 5:30 pm and is open to all, provided that you bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. Following the food and socializing, the program will begin.

Adam Boyce, a composer, historian and fiddler, is a recognized authority on local traditional dance and music history of central Vermont, including fiddling and calling for square and contra dances. Adam has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits. A composer of over 100 fiddle tunes, he is listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council. A lifelong Vermonter, Adam lives in West Windsor. He will perform at the MHS picnic at approx 6:30 as he depicts Charles Ross Taggart circa 1895.

Enjoy a summer evening in Vermont with us! MHS is very grateful to the Perfect Wife Restaurant and the Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital for underwriting this event. For more information, contact Sally at 362-2523 or email

Manchester Village Walk on Wednesday, July 16

Manchester Historical Society directors Bill Badger and Judy Harwood will be leading a tour of Main Street in Manchester Village on Wednesday, July 16 at 7 pm. If you have always wanted to know the stories behind the beautiful historic houses, plan to meet them in front of the Equinox. Refreshments will be served following the walk courtesy of Equinox Resort. This event is free and open to the public.

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Col. William Marsh on June 20

Join us on Friday, June 20 for Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist. The Northshire Bookstore and the Manchester Historical Society are pleased to present authors Jennifer S.H. Brown and Wilson B. Brown who will speak about their recent publication, Col. William Marsh, Vermont Patriot and Loyalist. The program is at 7 pm at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center.

Their carefully researched book tells the story of William Marsh (1738-1816), an intriguing but little-known Revolutionary War soldier. A founder of Vermont, Marsh has been overshadowed by the more commonly known historical figures of Ethan and Ira Allen. A colonel in the Manchester, Vermont, militia, Marsh supported the Green Mountain Boys. He played a key role in uniting Vermont towns as they requested recognition as a state. Marsh and other Vermont loyalists and partisans secured Vermont’s neutrality in the later years of the Revolution and protected it from British raids. Marsh’s remarkable gravestone in Dorset stands as a reminder of his importance to this area. Tyler Resch, research librarian at the Bennington Museum, commented in his review, “In revealing Marsh’s little-known role in the creation of the feisty and independent state of Vermont, and his later work with the British on its behalf, the book makes a major contribution to its history, telling ‘the Vermont story’ in fresh and readable ways and making sophisticated use of a wide variety of sources.”