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Please check out the Photos Page for access to the entire 800+ (glass negative) collection of historical photographs from the 1870's to the 1900s.

If you would like to Join the WHS, click here: Application Form

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Historical Society is located in the restored (1793) General Wait House at the North end of the Historic Village District on Route 100 in Waitsfield, Vermont. It is our purpose to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, documents and other material relating to the History of Waitsfield, Vermont for future generations.


Waitsfield Historical Society Board Meeting
The next WHS Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 1st, 2022 at 2 pm at the Wait House in the Meeting Room. We meet five months out of the year; Feb., April, June, Aug., and Oct. (and the public is welcome) 

H.S. Office and Museum will be open on Wednesdays April - Oct. from 2 pm to 5 pm except holiday weeks. Nov. - March is by Appointment (Call to schedule): Lois De Heer @ 802-793-6037

Gravesite Walk  was enjoyed by 17 people. The Waitsfield site consisted of many Stoddard family members of late 1700's & 1800's. The Center Fayston site was a very small graveyard. we were very pleased that the weather cooperated nicely.
 
Walking Tour
 
historical photo of Wait houseThe Waitsfield Historical Society prepared a self guided tour for the Bicentennial, 1791-1991 titled "Waitsfield Village Historic District Walking Tour ". It takes you along Rt. 100 from the Gen. Wait House, to the Covered Bridge on Bridge Street and back, telling the story of homes built in the 1800's. The Gen. Wait House is the only one built in 1793 but moved to it's present location around 1830. Brochures can be picked up at the Information Center at the Gen. Wait House at no charge which is always open..

Collections and Research Library
Our collection consists of documents, artifacts, photographs and other material relating to local history. We continue to collect and catalogue archives with the Past Perfect Program on our computer to be used for research.

All 800 photos from WHS glass slide collection are available through the Photos Page

The Waitsfield Historical Society 2018 Annual Dinner Was Held
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at LAREAU FARMS PAVILION
A delicious lasagna dinner was enjoyed.

CURRENT EXHIBIT 
19th Century Furniture and Quilts from the WHS Collection. This exhibition draws on some of the local antique items in the WHS collection. Featured is an 1820s tall case clock (grandfather clock) long in the Joslin family. Also a Maple "sack back" rocking chair and a beautifully crafted side chair made around 1830 by a member of the Bushnell/Jones family. Several more chairs, tables and a bedstead from the Wait family, along with locally made quilts fill out the exhibit.at the General Wait house on Route 100 next to the firehouse.

For more information contact Lois DeHeer, President/Archivist - (802)793-6037 

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Waitsfield Historical Society
PO Box 816
Waitsfield, VT. 05673
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