History

BOLTON HISTORY GROUP

Bolton History Group Gatherings

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH AT 3:PM, the Bolton History Group and the Richmond Historical Society will present a program on local town meetings during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Excerpts from early Town Reports will cover subjects from highway expenses, liquor sales, floods, and lawsuits to school issues, including the requirement that students’ families provide firewood for the schools. Clint Buxton, who is out of a job as Richmond’s Town Moderator in this year of COVID-19, will moderate the historical meetings’ program. For the link contact jane@cscvt.org or Bryan.farnsworth00@gmail.com

History Group Newsletters

East Bolton Cemetery

Check out the WCAX story on the Bolton History Group’s work on the East Bolton Cemetery.  We’ve cleaned about half the headstones in the cemetery.  Thank you to all the people who worked together on this project!

1927 Flood

Vermont PBS has granted permission for Bolton to post the 1972 documentary:  And the Water Came Down From the Hills:  The 1927 Flood.   While the documentary does not address Bolton specifically, it captures the historic impact of the flood.

Thanks to the generosity of the Richmond Historical Society and the Betty Preston family Bolton received a gift of six pictures of Bolton after the November 1927 flood.

A History of Bolton Vermont was written in 1989 by Gardiner Lane, a longtime and beloved Bolton resident.

West Bolton at the Turn of the Century by Gardiner Lane

Walking Back in Time – The West Bolton History Trail

This booklet was prepared for the Vermont Army National Guard by the University of Vermont’s Consulting Archaeology Program.

State Register of Historic Places in Bolton

The State Register of Historic Places is the official list of Vermont’s historic places that are significant for their historic, architectural, engineering and archeological merit. Authorized by the Vermont Historic Preservation Act of 1975, 22 V.S.A. chapter 14, and administered by the Division for Historic Preservation, the State Register is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect Vermont’s historic and archeological resources. Sites and properties listed on the State Register reflect the prehistoric occupation and historical development of our nation, state, and local communities.

Over 30,000 of buildings, structures, sites and historic districts throughout Vermont are listed in the State Register. Being listed does not, in itself, impose any obligation on the property owner, or restrict the owner’s basic right to use and dispose of the property as he or she sees fit.  The state register of historic places in Bolton includes:

  1. Stevens Mill Historic District (currently Curtis Lane and Bolton Valley Road area)
  2. Burke Residence
  3. Callahan Residence
  4. Roederer Residence
  5. Tracy Place
  6. Preston Residence
  7. Bolton Lodge
  8. Sanders Residence
  9. Raleigh House
  10. Happy Acres
  11. The White House
  12. Sophronia Streeter Residence
  13. Linton Residence
  14. The Doctors Camp
  15. Mullen Residence

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. Bolton has two places listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Preston Lafreniere Farm listed in 1999, and Honey Hollow Camp listed in 1995.

Preston Lafreniere Farm

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Link to National Register of Historic Places – Preston Lafreniere Farm

Honey Hollow Camp

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Link to National Register of Historic Places – Honey Hollow Camp

Contact

Email: clerkbolton@gmavt.net 
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