Colchester Historical Society

Chief Morrison

SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 Meeting

  • The Colchester Historical Society is pleased to join the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Colchester Police Department. On Monday, September 11, 7 p.m., Chief Jennifer Morrison will present information about changes over the years in community policing, women in law enforcement, equipment and technology improvements.
  • Refreshments and a short business meeting of the Historical Society will follow. This program will be held at the Historical Society building on Main Street and, as usual, is open to the public.

Vintage Photo of the Historical Society House



  • Our One Room Log Schoolhouse Museum located at Airport Park is now open for the season. Hours are 11AM to 3PM, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday through September. We hope to see you there.
  • The activity calendar for 2017-2018 is now available - click on the link at the left to see what is coming up this fall.. If you have any suggestions for a program contact Suzanne Furst at 802-658-3706.
  • Don't forget to browse our Vintage Photos section. If you have some photos that you would like to add, contact Bob Furst by email or phone: 802-658-3706.
  • If want to join the society dues are only $5.00 a year. To become a member print the form from the link on the left. Fill out the form and bring it to a meeting or send it to the address shown.
  • On April 13th the Society was presented a $5000 grant from the state for repairs to the parsonage. If you have been by the house you will notice that it has been recently repainted.

2016-2017 Events

  • July 22 - the Coates family hosted a Coates Island Open House for the public. What a wonderful opportunity it was to explore the island and its history.
  • Tom Raub gave us a photo tour of Georgene's and his latest travel adventure:  "Around the US in 89 Days" for our May meeting.  His talk included some amazing photos (by Georgene) and lots of background history the various western national parks. 
  • On April 11, Richard Allen, a local historian, gave us a look into the effort it takes to discover the history of people and places. Richard, a retired teacher, has authored several books on the history of local areas but he used his latest, “Ambition and Grit: The Life of Truman Naramore, Civil War Veteran and Entrepreneur” to illustrate the process and excitement of finally uncovering the fascinating details of a persons life. Discovering a stump puller patented by Naramore at a Vermont Expo motivated Richard to investigate more about this local inventor. Truman Naramore (1838-1895) was born in Charlotte, Vermont, served in the Vermont cavalry in the Civil War, survived six months in the notorious Andersonville prison eventually returning to Williston. A very creative and entrepreneurial person, he secured several patents for his inventions, mostly farm equipment, and had them manufactured locally but advertised them widely. Richard took about 5 years and lots of traveling to uncover the details about Naramore found in his book
  • On Saturday March 11, 2017, Malcolm Severance, a member of our Historical Society, described how he left the family farm to attend college then returned to Vermont to become a UVM faculty member and eventually leading the Grossman School of Business. He used his recently published book, “A Pursuit of Excellence: A History of the University of Vermont School of Business Administration” to provide an insiders perspective on the 120 year history of the school and its leaders. Some of the key charts from his presentation are in the Past and Present section of the website. 
  • David Usher, our guest speaker at the February 11, 2017, described his  "Peru/Bolivia - Altiplano Adventure." 
  • Our first program for the fall 2016 is was a "conversation with several residents of the Champlain area of Colchester."  Guests from the Champlain section of the town. Lee and Jack Mapletof, Sue Atwood and Jackie Zeno spoke about what it was like living in the remote part of Colchester off Clay Point Road down to the river.  They described a life so separated from the rest of the town - the apple orchards, private camps, and children's summer camps that they remembered.