Groton Vermont Historical Society

Committed to the preservation of Groton history

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Donut & Sugar On Snow Party on April 1

Join us for fun and festivities at our:

Donut & Sugar On Snow Party
Saturday, April 1
10:30 AM – Noon

Groton Historical Society
(at the Peter Paul House)
1203 Scott Highway
Groton VT

We will fire up the Glenwood cook stove, a deep fryer and an electric frying pan to fry donuts the old fashioned Groton way. Janet Page and Linda Nunn will show us how. Deane Page will make sugar on snow!

Holiday Open House Scheduled for December 10

The Groton Historical Society will be holding an Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 12 PM to 4 PM.  In addition to the opportunity to chat with neighbors and peruse Groton’s historical artifacts, the Open House will offer a variety of unique historical holiday gifts for sale including the newest edition of Mr. Glover’s Groton; hand-bound copies of Seth Eastman’s Civil War journal; copies of the story of Bristol Bill, Groton’s infamous counterfeiter; copies of “Through Our Neighbor’s Eyes” DVD featuring interviews with area residents and a unique 2017 historical calendar featuring pictures from old calendars given away by Groton businesses in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  In addition, there will be slices of pie for sale, baked potatoes with toppings and complimentary heated cider.  Come celebrate the holiday spirit and select some unique gifts for your Groton family and friends or those with ties to Groton!

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Walking Tour Map Available!

If you missed our walking tour of the Groton village center, you can access the map we used to get an idea of the properties we spoke about.  A brief description of each is also included.  The tour, of course, covered more information than is listed here but this will give you a sense of what was covered in the tour.

We hope to offer this tour again and expand further into the village with an additional tour in the future.

Click here for the map!



Last Meeting of the Year – October 4

Our next Historical Society Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 4 at 6 PM and will be our last for 2016.  Meetings are normally held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6 PM.  Meeting are held at the Peter Paul House, 1203 Scott Highway (Route 302) , Groton, Vermont from April through October.

Join us for a Historical Walking Tour – October 1

Join the Groton Historical Society for a historical walking tour of our village on Saturday, October 1 at 3:15 PM.  The tour will begin at the Peter Paul House at 1203 Scott Highway in Groton Center.  It is the perfect thing to do after the Fall Foliage parade!  Find out what used to be in the village center and hear fun stories and commentary about past residents, buildings and businesses!  The Peter Paul House will be open all day to the public as well to peruse historical artifacts and photos from Groton history. 

We will also be selling several varieties of daffodils, hyacinths, and muscari also called grape hyacinth, bulbs chosen specifically for the GHS by Glover Rd. Gardener Deborah Jurist. Plant them this fall for a thrilling start to spring 2017. Color and fragrance specifically for our Groton climate.  Copies of Mister Glover’s Groton will also be for sale.  And….of course….pie, by the slice until it runs out!


See you then!

Sleeping Sentinel Concert on September 3!

Don’t miss what is sure to  be a festive event.  Chicken barbecue, ice cream, trivia and more surprises along with our main attraction, Banjo Dan!

Old Farm Tools at the Old Stone House

Join the Whitehill Society at the beautiful historic old stone house in North Ryegate on the Danville Peacham Rd. on August 20th at 2 pm. Speaker Paul Wood will talk about old farm tools and the amazing stories of the Vermonters who invented them. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 802 253 4729. The program is handicap accessible.

2016 Reunion Yearbook Available

The 2016 Reunion Yearbook from the recent All Years  Reunion in Groton is now available online.  You can view it by clicking here.

We will be making plans to print it soon and will post updates here regarding that effort.

Banjo Dan Sleeping Sentinel Concert

The Groton Historical Society along with the Groton Free Public Library and the Groton Recreation Committee are excited to announce the “Sleeping Sentinel Concert” performed by renowned musician Banjo Dan on Saturday, September 3 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Groton Center.  Barbecue chicken dinner and pie will be available starting at 5 PM.   Program begins at 5:30 PM with music commencing at 6:00 PM.  The concert is free and open to everyone.  Please bring your own lawn chairs or blanket!

The concert is in celebration of our local history and in recognition of the 155th anniversary of Groton native Private William Scott’s (“The Sleeping Sentinel”) famous pardon by President Abraham Lincoln.  The concert will feature not only great music but also a Sleeping Sentinel Trivia Contest with prizes, a cider press demonstration by Artesano Meadery as well as delicious refreshments.

Banjo Dan is a Vermont-based musician known for his work with the Mid-nite Plowboys and the Sky Blue Boys as well as his commitment to documenting Vermont history through song.  This concert will feature songs from Banjo Dan’s new “Sleeping Sentinel” album as well as other tunes highlighting Vermont and local history.  “The Sleeping Sentinel” album is the fourth and final volume of Banjo Dan’s “Songs of Vermont.”  The centerpiece is a ten-part suite of songs and tunes relating to Vermont’s role in the Civil War and especially the remarkable story of Private William Scott of Groton, Vermont, the Civil War soldier who fell asleep on sentry duty, was arrested and court-martialed, sentenced to death by firing squad, pardoned at the last minute by President Lincoln, and went on to die a hero’s death in battle.  Additional songs recall the tragic tale of the Ascutney farmer who resisted the building of the Interstate highway through his homestead, the “Big Bang” of Berlin, growing up in St. Albans in the 1950s, and much more.  Many of these songs will be featured at this concert with a spotlight on Groton’s own Sleeping Sentinel.

Groton High School Reunion

We are looking forward to the Groton High School Reunion on June 25! We are planning on doing some quick audio interviews with willing attendees to record your voice and recollections for posterity! Copies of Mr. Glover’s Groton will also be available for sale.  In addition, we will have some photos attendees may help us identify! Should be fun!

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