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.


At the end of 2018 Lake Champlain Access Television [LCATV] started filming our presentations. Their output is 2 to 4 times sharper than the videos I was putting up. That means it takes a little longer to get the video to start. [The reason I reduced the quality level of my videos.] Their production is different than mine and you will notice that immediately.
When you click on a video, it starts to load. It will take about 30 seconds [an eternity when you are waiting] to start playing. The speakers will start to sound and the video will look like it is not running for about 23 seconds. LCATV puts up an identification POSTER for those 23 seconds. Don't be alarmed, it is running if you can hear the sound.

The old WEB guy

Monday, July 8, 2019

Shadowland - A community in South Hero

On July 5,2019 the SHHS presented the History of Shadowland. Cathie Penrose Merrihew and Julie Brown Wolfe, both long time residents [not saying how long], shared stories and pictures of an area that started as a campsite for builders of the railroad and has evolved into a community in South Hero.
This was a well attended presentation with great audience participation.  Stories abound about the original size to what it is now, how it was developed, original and current uses.  AND, as we have heard in some previous presentations, the land deals of the time might have been less than above board, a handshake, the back of an envelope, or a wink and a nod.
The presentation took place at Folsom Ed Center and all were welcome.  So watch the video, review the pictures and get a sense of how a unique little part of South Hero became what it is today.

Our Presenters

Cathie Penrose Merrihew
Julie Brown Wolfe

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Featherbed Lane

On Friday, June 7th @7:00pm the Neighbors of Featherbed Lane shared stories and photos of its ongoing history. The presentation was well attended and audience participation was excellent.  Many might not know where Featherbed Lane is [HINT: Look to the right as you get off the causeway and onto the island, don't blink or you will miss the sign].
In the day, roads and cow-paths were much the same.  Listen to the stories of the early days when it was a little bit of a challenge just to get to your property.  Having a unique name like Featherbed might conger up images and imaginary stories of how it got the name.   Bet the real story is just as unique as your imaginations.
The presenters are Dick Bingham, Ray Jacoby, and Bill and Shirley Bingham.  I don't want to say they were there since day one but maybe from day one and a half.  They have a vast knowledge of the history of the Lane.
Audience participation from NEW owners and the current Road Association President was extremely interesting and sparked lively discussions around the room.
Watch the video to see the presentation as 'taped' by LCATV to get the answers to questions that inquiring minds want to ask.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Robinson Hardware Store

On May 3, 2019 the South Hero Historical Society hosted a wonderful session that enlightened a full crowd about the history of the Robinson Hardware Store, the kickoff of the 2019 season.
As you drive  on route 2 you will pass OUR hardware store.  The Robinson Family Hardware store has been there for about 140 years. I dare say that no-one in town remembers when it opened.  The primary building that is now the Hardware Store has always been the primary building, although it has provided multiple functions to the community over the years, in addition to hardware.
Cathy Robinson and Sarah [Robinson] Wakefield showed pictures and shared stories of local merchandising by the Robinson Family. Color commentary was added by Malcolm Allen as only Malcolm can do.  Watch the video, check out the pictures and enjoy a large piece of South Hero history that is tied up in the Robinson Hardware Store.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Annual Meeting and Impact of Sanbar on the Islands Presentation

On October 16th, 2018 the SHHS held its annual meeting at Folsom Ed Center. At this meeting we Elected officers, updated by-laws, and discussed merging with the Bicentennial Museum.

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.

The Evolution of a Revolutionary Home

Friday, Sept. 7th, 2018 at 7PM at Folsom School

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

The Castles of South Hero

As you drive around South Hero you have probably noticed the miniature stone castles scattered all over the place. Have you ever wondered about their history?  If you have or have not you are still welcome to come to the South Hero Historical Society presentation on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7 pm. at the Folsom Educational Center.
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.

Some of Harry Barber's mystical casles:

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Pirates of Dingley Dell by Bret Corbin

The gulls on a small island off the west coast of South Hero pay no heed to the early morning mists reminiscent of smoke flitting and wafting above the waters of the lake. Suddenly, with a crack and a snap the gulls go silent. They line the ridges and crags of the small island, facing south as if to pay homage to the sight they know they are about to see. And there it is, a thin image floating many feet above the water, attached to a massive body with vertical spikes covered with brightly colored cloth. As it finally breaks clear of the secluded bay it lives in, the gulls for the first time get to see what this magical beast is called. The Aladdin and the gulls know that the Pirates of Dingley Dell have set off on yet another voyage of adventure.
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.