Can you help us solve these mysteries?

Can you help us solve these mysteries?

By Rosalyn Graham The Shelburne Historical Society has recently received donations of items that inspire us to turn to the public for help in learning more about these items and their stories. The first item is this remarkable uniform (which is modeled here by a local boy, not by the original owner of the uniform).… Read More »

The Butter Battles

By Odale Cress It all began with Emperor Louis Napoleon III’s search for a less expensive alternative to butter to provide his increasingly expensive military. The emperor offered a prize to whoever could come up with a viable substitute for butter. In 1869, French chemist Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès answered the challenge with a mix of beef… Read More »

Exploring Shelburne’s farming history

Exploring Shelburne’s farming history

By Odale Cress Farming was, undoubtedly, one of the best reasons non-Native American settlers came to the town of Shelburne in the early years and has played an important part in the economy and culture of the town throughout its history. The Shelburne Historical Society plans to focus on this interesting subject, and its evolution,… Read More »

A lover of the soil and growing things: Shelburne’s best known gardener

A lover of the soil and growing things: Shelburne’s best known gardener

Long before supermarkets and farmers markets, many families in Shelburne not only planted flowers, they also had vegetable gardens and berry bushes. By August, vegetables and fruits came fresh from the garden to the table—warm sun-ripened tomatoes, corn, green beans, cucumbers, yellow and green squash. Homemade raspberry, blackberry and blueberry pies were part of the… Read More »

A Memoir of Ruth Messenger Thayer

A Memoir of Ruth Messenger Thayer

March is Women’s History Month. What better time to recall the story of one of the first women who lived in Shelburne. Judy Frazer of Shelburne Historical Society researched the story of Ruth Messenger Thayer, a story that provides a dramatic picture of the difficulty of life in those early days, and the courage of… Read More »

Thanksgiving Day Proclamations

By Rosalyn Graham Thanksgiving brings to mind the Pilgrims. After a 65-day voyage across the Atlantic, the Pilgrims landed on Cape Cod at a place they named Plymouth Harbor in December 1620. During that winter they lived on the Mayflower, going ashore to build storage and living quarters. More than half died that first winter… Read More »

Siege of the Moses Peirson Block House

Siege of the Moses Peirson Block House

By Rosalyn Graham Recently you’ve heard bits of the story of the first permanent settlers in Shelburne, with some colorful adventures involving beer. Now here is the whole story. Moses Peirson was born Oct. 17, 1733 in Newark, New Jersey. His wife, Rachel, was born Oct. 13, 1735. They were married on March 27, 1754.… Read More »