Art Blair of Crankey Yankee Twyne, based in Burlington, provided 19th century rope-making demonstration at Ferrisburgh’s 250th birthday bash.
Photo by Louis Varricchio.
Ferrisburgh The weekend of June 23-24 was filled with a trio of historic community celebrations marking the 250th anniversaries of incorporation for Ferrisburgh, Hinesburg and Monkton.
The three towns—two in Addison County and one in Chittenden County—began as frontier villages in the British colony of New Hampshire in 1762; they celebrated their 250th birthdays in 2012 as prosperous towns in Vermont, the fourteenth state carved out of the old New Hampshire Grants.
Ferrisburgh’s celebration was concentrated at the Ferrisburgh Central School June 24. It included farm tractors, live music, local farm produce, children’s activities, historic demonstrations, energy awareness displays—something unheard of in 1762—and other special moments to mark the 250th anniversary event.
Hinesburg’s 250th anniversary included the unveiling of a commemorative 1762-2012 stone marker. Jean Miner, Hinesburg Historical Society president, revealed the marker and welcomed visitors at the special event which was located on the lawn next to town hall.
Rev. David Cray, SSE, of St. Jude’s Church gave the invocation and closing remarks were made by Rev. Ann Brigham of the United Church.
The original 1762 proclamation by British Royal Gov. Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire was also read.
Live music was played by the Hinesburg band.
In Monkton, the Monton Museum and Historical Society provided residents with a 5K run, and a festive morning parade which was followed by a tree planting, time capsule burial at Morse Park, and raising of the town’s first official flag.
Residents moved across the field to the Monkton Central School for the Russell Library Strawberry festival, concert and book sale.
Monkton Boy Scouts took a leadership role in planning local events which included fun and games and other activities.