Vernon community potluck dinner party

Join the party, meet your neighbors and friends! It’s Saturday, October 3 at the Vernon Fire Station. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m.

The price of admission is a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Don’t forget to bring your own drinks. Cutlery, plates, cups, water and coffee will be provided. (more…)

A glimpse into the past: Vernon’s long grim winters

By Barbara Emery Moseley

A “long, execrable winter is about over,” proclaimed the editor in the March 17 Reformer. Execrable is not an adjective in common usage, but it is derived from the Latin “to curse”, and aptly describes the past months.

The word reminded me of some old-time Vernon winters, stories of which were uncovered in my historical research of our town.

One grim incident was found in the Phoenix of February 18, 1860. (The Phoenix was a weekly newspaper published in Brattleboro, and included items from surrounding towns). (more…)

Family haying in the 1930s

Tim Arsenault writes:  Picture includes my Grandfather , former Vernon selectman W C Tyler, plus my mom Isabelle Tyler Arsenault,and her two sisters Marjorie Tyler Unitas and Marion Tyler Reiber in with the crowd.. my guess is this is a mid to late 1930’s pic. looks like mom’s the one without the pitchfork at the top of the hay. The three sisters later made news by all enlisting at once during World War Two

Vernon’s Monarch butterfly waystation needs you!

By Peggy Farabaugh

Did you know Vernon is well on its way to becoming a Monarch Waystation? In June, a group of nature lovers got together on the back deck of Vermont Woods Studios and shared milkweed seeds and plants (milkweed is the Monarch’s only food source and the use of RoundUp has nearly eliminated it from today’s landscape). We are planting milkweed in our gardens and backyards with the goal of providing habitat that will bring Monarchs back to Vermont. If you would like to join us, please let me know. I have plenty of milkweed seeds and plants for anyone who would like to plant them. (more…)

‘Hunt’ing down history, Part 1

By Barbara Emery Moseley

NOTE: This series chronicles the generations of Vernon’s Hunt family, all related to Jonathan Hunt of “Governor Hunt Road” fame. If you’ve missed any installments in this series, you can catch up here!

While driving on Governor Hunt Road or passing the Governor Hunt House, many people do not realize the importance of the man and his family for which both are named. In terms of wealth, intellect, political importance, and fame, the Hunt family is on the level of the Rockefellers, Roosevelts, and Kennedys, of more recent history. The house, as well, reflects the Hunts’ status in society.

It was considered a “mansion” in its day. It was no doubt completed in time for Jonathan Hunt’s 1779 marriage to Levinah Swan of Boston. Her education as a pupil of John Adams was most unusual for its time. Possibly, it shows the influence of Adams’ wife, Abigail, who was an early feminist. (Jonathan Hunt was a widower. By his first marriage, he was father of Anna, who later married Dr. Perley Marsh of Hinsdale. Together, they formed the Brattleboro Retreat. She also established our Marsh Fund—reported annually in the Town Report—“for preaching to the heathen of Vernon.”) (more…)