We also had a SNEAK Preview Presentation of the SHHS upcoming Burlington Free Press Article about the SANDBAR and how it developed and changed life on the Islands. The road we affectionately call the CAUSEWAY was not always the pristeen looking passage that it is today. Some parts of the year it did not exist and other parts of the year it was little more than a RUT with some dirt around it. The development of both the causeway and the environment of the islands is a very interesting topic. Watch the video and peruse the pictures and see what your mind thinks about all this.
Folsom School 3-4 Faces and Places Website
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Ebenezer Allen was granted a parcel of land on the southernmost end of South Hero in appreciation of his contributions as a Green Mountain Boy in the Revolutionary War. He later turned his homestead into a tavern, as did others living near the lake at that time. Residents living on the island came to swap stories and acquaintances and travelers from across the lake came to trade supplies.
Over the years, the Allen Homestead changed hands and uses. It was a family farm house, a tavern, a hippie commune, and today is a tastefully renovated suburban family home.
Ron Phelps was born and grew up in the farmhouse across the road from the Allen Homestead and his family lived there for many generations. Ron told us a little history of the famous Vermonter who first built this house and his cousin who visited him there and also about the changes he has seen in the house and those he has learned from his family in the past.
This is a very appropriate subject for our historical society program because the evolution of this house mirrors the evolution of the community and society as a whole.
Sept. 7th, 2018 at 7PM in the brick area of the Folsom Educational Center.
Joyce Blow was also on hand to tell about her family's years living in the house. And we were very lucky to have some members of the audience who had very interesting stories to add to this presentation especially the ones about when Hippies lived in the house.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Eloise Hedbor will be giving a presentation on the history and maybe a little folklore of these amazing little castles.
Who knows, perhaps a surprise guest will show up.
Thursday, July 19, 2018
That is the image my minds eye drew when I read the part of Bret Corbin's book that is before page 1. Imagine that.
On July 6 at 7:00PM the South Hero Historical Society Excitedly presented Bret Corbin and the PIRATES OF DINGLEY DELL
- A True Swashbuckling Adventure at a Vermont Boys Camp
In my mind's eye I can just about make out the multi--colored sails of the mighty and magical pirate ship Aladdin, as it heads around Valcour Island and returns from its latest adventure just in time for Bret Corbin to teach us all about the great and wonderful life that existed at DINGLEY DELL in the early 20th century.
The pirates who settled there [albeit just for the summer] accomplished feats that are only dreamed about in today's lore.
Who knows which dignitary is on the ship this time as it heads for its safe harbor. Bret will tell us about those very dignitaries. We could wax poetic about a time when life was simpler and maybe more fun. Or we can hear Bret bring us back to the days of yore when young men could REALLY be pirates and build their own ship and sail into international waters and learn how to manage adversity and grow up to be real men… and so on… and so on.. and…
Sorry about that, I was lost in the mists of nostalgia about an adolescence most of us only think about...
Bret did take us back to those times as only he can do. So watch the video, view the images but better yet, READ THE BOOK.