A color postcard of First Congregational Church of Weathersfield and Civil War Monument in the grove at Weathersfield Center, across the road from the Dan Foster House Museum. Services are held upstairs throughout the summer months, as well as (downstairs) the Annual August Frippery tag sale, the major Historical Society's fundraising event.
About the Society
The Weathersfield Historical Society was founded in 1951, to preserve the history of our Town, both in the form of artifacts and in written records.
Our museum, the Reverend Dan Foster House, is located on the Weathersfield Center Road in the Weathersfield Center Historic District, across the road from the historic Weathersfield Meeting House and First Congregational Church.
The house was begun during the Revolutionary War and completed in sections dating 1785 through 1825. The 18th-century barn was recently reconstructed.
With the addition of the old forge in 1972, the complex houses an extensive collection of historical items, including Civil War memorabilia, a children's school room, tools, clothing and textiles, a library with archival photos and genealogies, and the last panther killed in Weathersfield (1867).
2011: The 250th anniversary of the granting of the charter to the Town of Weathersfield.
Other programs we are planning: a hike sometime in July and the Annual Meeting in October.
Additional gifts of historic Weathersfield materials are always welcome. Curator Ellen Clattenburg should be contacted by potential donors at  263-5055, or write the society at the PO Box below.
Our research library, on the lower level of the new barn at the Museum, houses our wonderful collection of old Weathersfield photographs as well as primary source material on Weathersfield families and Vermont history. Old records of the First Congregational Church are housed here, also. For pictures and more information on the History of the Town, click here Weathersfield History.
Weathersfield Historical Society Museum
The Reverend Dan Foster House
802-263-5230 (May to October)
2656 Weathersfield Center Road, Weathersfield, VT
Mailing Address:PO Box 126, Perkinsville, VT 05151
|President Ginger Wimberg, 263-5626||
Archivist Patti Arrison
|Vice-President Alicia Jenks||House Chair Bob Holtorf|
|Secretary Ellen Clattenburg||Publications Publicity Sally Harris|
Genealogist Becky Tucker
Treasurer Gail Woodbury
Past President Alison Roth
|Curator Ellen Clattenburg|
|Past Archivist Doris Whitcomb|
Program Committee Karen McGee, Chair
Board of Governors
Jeff Pelton and Colin Tindall 2013-2016
Marina Garland and Marilee Spanjian 2014-2017
Bob Holtorf and Rollie Stapleton 2015-2018
Publications of the Society include the two volume Town history by John Hurd, Weathersfield Century One and Weathersfield Century Two; a series of historic postcards; and three videos - A Crash Course in the History of Weathersfield; Weathersfield Meetinghouse Rebuilt, (the story of the rebuilding of the Weathersfield Center Meeting House following the 1985 fire), andA Lot of Water Over the Dam (the story of the destruction of Lower Perkinsville for the North Springfield Flood Control Project in 1958 - 1960). Two books by Ernest W. Butterfield: Weathersfield Burying Grounds, (inscriptions) (1914), and A Record of Inhabitants Weathersfield 1760-1813 (1940) are also available. A recent publication is Weathersfield's cookbook, Spider Bread, Cider Pie, & Rhubarb Wine, a collection of local recipes past and present; and the most recent is Winnie Perkins Remembers, memories and old photos from notebooks of Miss Perkins between 1950 and 1970. To celebrate this year's anniversary, a calendar full of historical photos and stories was published last fall, and it is still available for sale at the Town Office, the Weathersfield Proctor Library, and the Ascutney Market.
The Hurd history may also be purchased at the Town Office. All of the Society's publications may be borrowed from the Weathersfield Proctor Library in Ascutney.
The Weathersfield Historical Society works closely with the schools to encourage an interest in, and an appreciation of, our common history. The Agnes Torp History Award annually recognizes an outstanding 4th grade Weathersfield history student.
Activities include lectures, demonstrations, pot luck suppers, and history hikes scheduled throughout the year.
Membership is open to everyone for $10.00 per year.
A thrice yearly Newsletter is included in a membership, as well as the Annual Report.
Specific information on lifetime and other types of memberships can be obtained by writing
Membership Chair and Treasurer John Berlenbach, PO Box 126, Weathersfield, VT 05151
We are grateful to the taxpayers of the Town of Weathersfield for accepting us as a tax exempt organization.
WHS postcards sell for 50 cents each at the Dan Foster House, Weatthersfield Proctor Library, or by mail from PO Box 126, Perkinsville, VT 05151.
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Important Links for Historic Preservation in Vermont
The Vermont Old Cemetery Association is a non-profit organization, founded in 1958 to "encourage the restoration and preservation of neglected and abandoned cemeteries in the State of Vermont." The Weathersfield Cemetery Commissioners are currently members of the Association.
Membership is open to all. Dues are $5.00 per year, $20.00 for 5 years, $100 for lifetime membership, are tax deductible, payable to VOCA and mailed to:
Richard A. Jacobson, Treasurer
7 Harbor Ridge Road
South Burlington, Vermont 05403
Meetings are held twice yearly, on the first Saturday in May and October.
The VOCA newsletter is published 4 times per year, to coincide with the seasons.
VOCA published and sells a book, "Burial Grounds of Vermont," which has a map of every town in Vermont and shows the location of every known cemetery and burial ground in each town. The Weathersfield Cemetery Commission has a copy of this book.