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Folsom School 3-4 Faces and Places Website

The students in Dr. Robinson's 3-4 Team, along with their library media specialist, Mrs. Sharon Hayes, have created a website all about South Hero history after interviewing townsfolk. Click here to learn about some buildings in town and the famous families that lived there in the past.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SHHS Proudly presents: The History of Kellogg’s Island Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7PM at Folsom School in the Upstairs of the Original Brick Building SHHS is excited to present Hopie Riehle and the history of Kellogg’s Island located in Keeler Bay. Expect to have four generations of Hopie Riehle’s family uncover the many goings on over the years. Did you know it used to be called Kibbe Island in the 1800’s?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SHHS Proudly presented: Doug Tudhope and Baseball in the Islands!! Friday, June 10, 2016 at 7PM at Folsom School in Julie Pidgeon’s Room
We were so excited to have Doug Tudhope talking about the history of baseball in South Hero and Grand Isle County. Baseball was one of the most popular pastimes starting in the early 1900’s and continuing until 1950 when television appeared. One of the ball fields was across the street from the Bullis Farm in Grand Isle. Another was on Hatch Hill across from Kim's Snack Bar. The corner where Seb's is in South Hero was a ball filed. There was one in the back of village of North Hero before Doug's time. Also, in Grand Isle behind the high school. In South Hero there was one on Hill Rd before the Hill Street School was built which is now apartments.
Dr. Branch is located in the middle in the back row. He is Doug Tudhope's Grandfather. He died in 1927 but his family kept his doctor bag next to his office all these years. There's a picture here of the bag.

When Doug played, Mumley and Mitchell also played and they all worked for the railroad in Alburgh at the time. The uniform was brought in by Steve Robinson. It belonged to his Great-Grandfather Carlton Pearl Griswold. His grandfather, Henry Griswold, gave the uniforms to Steve. There is a picture of one of Steve's sons, Patrick or Anthony in the uniform. His comment was that it was very heavy, hot and itchy!

Most of the ball fields have disappeared. See Doug's pictures and hear his stories about the teams and the players by clicking on the video. Also read some newspaper clippings Doug had from early 1900's!

SHHS Proudly presents: Sawyer Island by Members of the Farnham Family May 6th, 2016

Stratton’s book titled “History of The South Hero Island” informs us that back in 1786, Col. Ephraim Sawyer settled on South Hero’s west shore near what are still referred to as Sawyer Bay and Sawyer Island. About 100 years later, John J. Wright bought the nearby farmland and (“evidently” according to Stratton) they also bought the little island from Orange Phelps. Join us Friday evening May 6, 2016 as members of the Farnham family, who have owned the little island since the 1970’s, share more recent accounts of life and (in the case of some waterfowl) death, on Sawyer Island and Sawyer Bay, portions of South Hero’s “West Coast of New England.”

Sunday, April 17, 2016

SHHS Proudly Presents: Valcour Island and Lighthouses of Lake Champlain by Rob Clark and Roger Harwood Friday, April 8th, 2016 at 7PM at Folsom School Upstairs in the Old Brick Section South Hero has always had a close connection with the lake. Valcour Island on the New York shore is a common destination for boaters during the summer months. Bluff Point Lighthouse on Valcour Island overlooks the sight where the Battle of Lake Champlain occurred. Come hear stories and historical facts from Roger Harwood, chairperson of the Bluff Point Lighthouse and Rob Clark, owner of two Vermont lighthouses--one located on Isle LaMotte and pictured below and the other located in Alburgh called Windmill Point Lighthouse, pictured below, also. Rob will share his vast knowledge of Lake Champlain Lighthouses and Roger will discuss the Bluff Point Lighthouse and its recent major restoration. We are excited to present our second program this year. Everyone of all ages are welcome!